California Republican Party, CAGOP
Greg was born in Los Angeles in 1961. While in high school, he was a foreign exchange student and lived in Norway. He graduated from high school in Manhattan Beach and graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an emphasis in financial management.
Since 1987, Greg has made his home in Carpinteria. In 1991, Greg founded the business which is now known as Gandrud Financial Services Corporation. Greg manages tax and business services, wealth management, trust administration, and real estate investments for clients in fifteen states and five countries. During “tax season”, Greg is extraordinarily busy, often working 80-hour weeks for three months in a row.
Because his paternal grandfather had served as an elected judge for a multi-county district in Minnesota and because his great-grandfather had served in both the Assembly and the State Senate in Minnesota, Greg learned at an early age to value service to the public.
Since 1999, Greg has represented the First Supervisorial District for the Santa Barbara County Republican Party. After having served as Treasurer, Secretary, and First Vice-Chairman, Greg was unanimously elected Chairman in 2008 and unanimously re-elected in 2010.
In November of 2002, Greg was elected to the Carpinteria City Council. He served on the Finance Committee and as the city’s representative on the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force, and the City-County Affordable Housing Task Force.
Since 2004, Greg’s home in Carpinteria, which he shares with his spouse, Marllus, and their Beagle, Gracie, has been an environmental showcase. Because of its edible landscape, vermiculture, and permeable hardscape, it has been featured twice on the Sustainability Project’s Parade of Green Building.
In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Greg to the California Recreational Trails Committee. The CRTC had oversight over all the hiking and equestrian trails in our state. Greg is a past Chairman of the Committee. As an avid backpacker, he has had a life-long passion for our natural environment. Greg traveled the entire state for several years promoting trails.
Since 2007, Greg has served as the Treasurer for the educational charity Cars Are Basic which advocates for personal freedom of choice in transportation.
Since 2009, Greg has served as Treasurer of the Anza Trail Foundation and works closely with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The historic Anza national trail runs along the coast of Carpinteria.
In 2011, Greg was unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman of the California Republican Party for the Central Coast Region and was re-elected unanimously in 2013. Currently, he serves on the Initiatives Committee and the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party.
In July of 2016, Greg attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as an Alternate Delegate for Donald J. Trump representing the 24th Congressional District. Greg volunteered actively for the Trump campaign at both the state and local level and is very excited to be part of the political movement that is putting America first and making America great again.
In October of 2018, Greg formed a 501(c)(3) called Fair Education Santa Barbara http://www.faireducation.org/ which has retained attorney Eric Early and has sued the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Just Communities Central Coast for spending scarce tax dollars on curriculum that is racist against white people and teaches students that white male Christian capitalists are oppressors. Greg serves as Treasurer of Fair Education Santa Barbara and advocates for students of all backgrounds to be treated equally and to be provided the best education possible.
Greg is now running for Treasurer of the California Republican Party. The election is on Sunday, February 24th in Sacramento at the organizing convention.
Tony Krvaric, current Chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party, current CRP Budget Chairman, and a former Regional Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party states:
"Having served on the CRP board for four years with Gregory Gandrud, I can tell you that he is a hard worker and someone who takes his board duties seriously. Greg has a very broad background as a grassroots activist, an elected official, and a long-time GOP county treasurer and chairman. Serving as Treasurer is not a learn-on-the-job position. Greg's day job requires very important financial oversight responsibilities for dozens of businesses as well as preparation of very detailed and critical government reports. He is literally the only candidate qualified to be Treasurer. Greg Gandrud has my complete support for California Republican Party Treasurer and I invite you to join me in that support."
California Republican Party, CAGOP
"I'm a small business owner, a husband and father of three beautiful children, I'm an immigrant from Taiwan, I AM an American and I AM a PROUD California Republican. I believe in strong conservative principles and I'm also a team player. I recognize that now is a pivotal moment. We must unite behind the principles that make our party strong. This is what will draw people to join us."
1.We need to attract, not just recruit, new Republicans. Our party needs to build a strong brand that entices freedom and opportunity loving Californians. As an immigrant in the 80s, the Republican Party was home to me. We need to once again be the party of those that look to the United States of America as the land of opportunity.
2. We need to unite the party once again. It’s going to take every Republican actively working to end the oppression of the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. People are leaving California in droves because of harmful policies pushed by our state legislature. We cannot continue on this track. We need all hands on deck to take California back. While we may disagree on some issues, we have to remember that the Democratic Party agrees with us on almost nothing. Let’s come to the table, share our ideas, share our positions and move forward together. We must unite to ensure California has an effective counterbalance to Sacramento Liberals.
3. We are not the national party. We are the 5th largest economy in the world, by far the most populous state in the country, the most diverse in the country and the most beautiful. We need to remember our nation was founded on the principles of Federalism, the concept that every state is different. Our party needs to recognize this as well. We are in a unique situation in California, now an "Ultra Minority" in the legislature. We have to recognize that the dynamics of our state are not the same as others and then focus on the issues that will help us grow our party and win elections again.
4. We need to be smarter and work harder. There is no disputing that we are playing in a rigged game. While Democrats have written the rules, they are not a mystery. Ballot harvesting is nothing new and we knew same-day registration was coming. We need to stop complaining and start finding real solutions to winning elections. The roadmap is not elusive, we must make the commitment to put in the hard work to start winning elections again.
Central Coast Regional Vice Chair
Lindsey Stetson, a 5th generation Republican woman, can trace her conservative roots all the way back to Kansas where her great-grandmother made the trek west to California. Born in Southern California and raised in Ventura County, Lindsey learned early on the value of hard work and self-reliance, applying these conservative principles in her daily life. Then in 2004, Lindsey lived up to her family’s Republican legacy by becoming a College Republican and began her long association with the California Republican Party.
Volunteering for multiple campaigns, Lindsey walked precincts, made phone calls, and stuffed envelopes as she supported candidates for local office. Recognized for her leadership skills, she was asked to serve as the Central Coast Field Representative on the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign.
She has twice served as a Republican county central committee Executive Director, both in Santa Barbara and Monterey, and during her tenure with the California Young Republicans, she was appointed to the state board. Honoring her Republican women roots, she joined the Republican Women Federated and served as 2nd Vice President with the Monterey Peninsula chapter. Lindsey has served as a member of Ventura County Central Committee since 2013, she now serves as their First Caucus Chair.
In 2012 she had the honor of being appointed as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. As a delegate to the California Republican Party since 2010, she currently serves on the Volunteer Organizations Committee
Lindsey resides in Ventura and works as a professional fundraiser focused on event fundraising, event planning and annual corporate giving. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
"During the February 22-23 Organizing Convention in Sacramento, delegates will cast their vote for the new leadership of the California Republican Party. We will have the opportunity to decide which path is the right way forward.
As we reflect on the November election, it is safe to say the California Republican Party needs to refocus its efforts on the ideals that make our party attractive to voters. Our State Party now has the tools to support Republican candidates including a full time staff, a functioning headquarters, and the ability to raise funds, but it needs new leadership that has fresh ideas as well as the experience to get things done.
We need new ideas to complement our existing tools, ideas that will retain and excite our base while engaging new voters. Falling back on tactics that proved successful decades ago won’t cut it; we live in a rapidly advancing technological world. Putting that technology to work to reach out to voters with branding that appeals to their sensibilities and excites them to engage is the direction in which we need to head.
At the same time, it’s no secret that we are far behind in registration. Our grassroots volunteers are frustrated from losing race after race and when we do win, we’ve experienced Republican elected officials voting against our principles. As a former county party executive director and consistent volunteer for Republican campaigns along our coast, I know that when we recruit the right candidates and equip them with the right tools, our candidates carry the winning message to the polls.
Together, we can move forward and bridge that divide. We can attract no party preference voters to our candidates and eventually, increase our registration numbers. As we prepare for the upcoming convention, I will reach out to each of you to hear your ideas on how to make the California Republican Party a winning organization and share my thoughts about it, too. If elected to the Board, I will represent you and your ideas while supporting the interests of our unique region.
During the day, I am a professional fundraiser for the largest employer in Western Ventura County, working with the community in securing funds through corporate giving and event sponsorships. I hope to bring my fundraising expertise to the Board along with my aptitude in campaign management and party operations. These skills will allow me to represent you well and assist in guiding our Party to success. "
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