May 11, 2021 Meeting — KCGOP and Legislative Update

Fairwood Golf & Country Club | Troon.comIt was great to see so many of you in person in April, so we’re meeting in-person again in May! The next meeting of Eastside Republican Club is Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-8:30PM, at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton, 17070 140th Avenue SE. Please RSVP if you plan to attend!

Joshua Freed
Joshua Freed
Rep. Jesse Young
Rep. Jesse Young

The guest speakers for this meeting will include King County GOP Chair Joshua Freed and 26th District State Representative Jesse Young (R-Gig Harbor).  Joshua will provide an update on happenings in the KCGOP and prospects for this fall’s elections. Rep. Young will offer his perspectives on the recently-concluded session of the state legislature. We also have an open invitation to any Republicans and conservatives who have announced their intention to run for election or re-election this year; candidate filing week is coming up May 17-21!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance so we can give a firm number of attendees to the country club. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service.

Also, if you haven’t yet done so, this is a great time to renew your ERC membership for 2021! Just click on Join, select your desired membership level, and click “Continue to Payment”. Thanks for your support and membership!

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April 13, 2021 Meeting — A Look Ahead to 2021 Elections

Join Us for an In-Person Meeting of Eastside Republican Club!

This meeting was originally scheduled for April 6 but has been postponed to April 13 due to a positive Covid test for one of the staff at Fairwood Golf & Country Club.

Fairwood Golf & Country Club | Troon.comWith the relaxing of distancing restrictions, we’ve decided to have our first indoor in-person ERC meeting since the start of the pandemic! We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 6:30-8:30PM. The meeting will be held at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton, 17070 140th Avenue SE. The meeting will also be available online for those who prefer to remain socially distanced (link will be posted soon).

Rep. Jim Walsh
Rep. Jim Walsh
Mark Miloscia
Mark Miloscia

The guest speakers for the meeting will include State Representative Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen, 19th District) and former State Senator Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way, 30th District) who is now the head of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. They will give us an update on the current legislative session and the extent of the damage already done by the Democratic majority.

Jerrod Sessler
Jerrod Sessler
Dana Ralph
Dana Ralph

We’ll also hear from Kent mayor Dana Ralph, and Jerrod Sessler who is a candidate for Congress in the 4th District.

This will be a great opportunity to look ahead to the 2021 local elections – county, city, school district, fire district, and more – and to meet old friends in person once again.

If you plan to attend the meeting in person, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance so we can give a firm number of attendees to the country club. The cost is $10 per person and includes dessert and coffee service. If you plan to attend online, please click RSVP to register, but there’s no need to pay; we’ll send you the link before the meeting.

Also, if you haven’t yet done so, this is a great time to renew your ERC membership for 2021! Just click on Join, select your desired membership level, and click “Continue to Payment”. Thanks for your support and membership!

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April 6, 2021 Meeting — Postponed to April 13!

The ERC meeting that had been scheduled for April 6 has been postponed to April 13 due to a positive Covid test for one of the staff at Fairwood Golf and Country Club. For information on the meeting, please visit that post. If you prepaid for the meeting on April 6 and are not able to attend on April 13, please contact the club treasurer, Michael Scheele, at treasurer@eastsiderepublicanclub.org for a refund.

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January 12, 2021 Meeting — Legislative Preview and Annual Business Meeting

Happy New Year!

Please join us for the next meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, January 12, at 7:00 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live. There’s no cost to attend!

We’ll start with the Annual Business Meeting to elect ERC officers and board members for 2021. If you’re interested in serving, please email us at info@eastsiderepublicanclub.org and let us know!

Mark Miloscia
Mark Miloscia
Rep. Jim Walsh
Rep. Jim Walsh

After the short business meeting, we’ll hear from two fantastic guests: State Representative Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen, 19th District) and former State Senator Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way, 30th District) who is now the head of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. They will give us the inside information we need to be prepared for this year’s legislative session.

Please click RSVP to register, and we’ll email you the link to attend the Zoom meeting so you can ask questions of our guests and participate in voting. If you just want to watch, you can view the live stream of the meeting on the ERC Facebook page. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to watch!

About the Annual Business Meeting

To be eligible to vote for our officers and board members during the business meeting, you will need to be a paying member of the club either by registering and paying by January 12 or being a paid member from 2020.
It is time for everyone to renew your membership as well. Membership prices are still only $25 Basic, $50 Silver, and $100 Gold. Please renew today so you don’t forget! You can join or renew your membership on the Join page.

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No August Meeting — Enjoy Your Summer!

It was great seeing so many of you at the ERC Picnic on July 21. We appreciate Paul Hess hosting the event! We hope you all had a good time hearing from and mingling with the candidates.

As usual, there’s no ERC meeting in August. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1. We’re working on confirming availability of speakers, and will have details for you soon. Given the progress of the coronavirus, it will likely be another online meeting.

And don’t forget to VOTE!

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2020 Eastside Republican Club Annual Picnic on Tuesday, July 21 — Register Now!

2020 Eastside Republican Club Annual Picnic

Tuesday, July 21, 5-8:30 PM
at 19235 73rd Avenue NE, Kenmore

From I-405, take SR-522 West (toward Seattle).
In about 4 miles, turn right onto 73rd Ave NE [O’Reilly Auto Parts on the corner].
Go about 0.8 miles. The house will be on your left.
If you reach NE 201st Pl, you’ve gone too far.
Click Here for Bing Map Directions

$10 per person
(kids under 5 eat free)
Click Here to Register and Prepay

Celebrate July the old-fashioned American way! Enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill, topped off with chips, non-alcoholic drinks and an assortment of potluck sides, salads, and desserts!

Come, mingle with the candidates, and hear about their campaigns in this very important election. Visit with old and new friends.

Buy Raffle Tickets for Prizes!
Bring a side, salad, or dessert to share and
get a free raffle ticket!

Please bring folding chairs for everyone in your party.

COVID-19 Guidelines
If you are feeling ill/showing symptoms, please stay home.

(Click Here to read COVID Symptoms per CDC)
While we expect to have sufficient space for social distancing most of the time, if you want to bring a mask or other PPE, feel free to do so.

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June 30, 2020 Meeting — Online Candidate Meet and Greet

Join us on Tuesday, June 30, when Eastside Republican Club hosts an online “meet and greet” with candidates! The event will be live streamed on the ERC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EastsideCitizens4Democracy, beginning at 7:00PM. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to watch! Let’s turn Washington red!

About the Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Doug Basler
Doug Basler

Doug Basler is a candidate for Congress in the 9th District which extends from Bellevue to Tacoma. He’s president and founder of EZTVSPots.com, an entrepreneur, business owner, national trainer and conference speaker, media producer, TV and radio personality, community volunteer, and currently president of Eastside Republican Club. He’s the past Senior Vice Chair of the King County GOP, and has run for Congress three times previously. He’s a pro-life, pro-Trump constitutional conservative who opposes the erosion of our civil rights during the coronavirus pandemic, supports President Trump and his America First policy, and supports strong borders and stopping the illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug related gang activity that porous borders create. He would seek to drastically reduce the disastrous H1B guest worker visa program. His web site is http://www.dougbasler.com

Tim J Hickey
Tim J Hickey

Tim J Hickey is a candidate for State Representative in the 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and the Points communities. He serves as chair of the 48th District Republicans, on the board of Eastside Republican Club, and as Vice Chair of the Kirkland Senior Council. Tim is a professional dancer and dance instructor, having founded Tim Hickey’s Dance Studio and the Kirkland Dance Center, and was a significant contributor to the founding of Kirkland Performance Center. He recently retired as an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Tim studied Business Management at Boston University and Political Science and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. He supports Safer Schools, Safer Neighborhoods, Strong Businesses and Lower Taxes! His web site is http://timjhickey.com

Kyle Lyebyedyev
Kyle Lyebyedyev

Kyle Lyebyedyev is a candidate for State Representative in the 47th Legislative District, which includes parts of Kent, Covington, Auburn, and surrounding areas. Kyle was born in Ukraine while the territory was under the control of the USSR. Growing up in a military family under communism, Kyle developed a strong desire for freedom. He legally immigrated to the US in 2002 to pursue freedom and happiness, strongly believing in the American Dream. Kyle is a successful small business owner and family man. He and his wife Lily have been married for 16 years and have 3 children. He received the Veda Jellen Grassroots Activist Award from the King County GOP in 2019, and serves on the board of Eastside Republican Club. He is focusing his campaign on common sense and accountability, parental choice in education, immigration reform, cutting regulations and reducing taxes, and implementing proven methods of reducing criminal recidivism. His web site is https://www.peopleforkyle.org.

Marty McClendon
Marty McClendon

Marty McClendon is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Washington state. Marty is a pastor, real estate broker, and co-host (with Doug Basler) of the radio program “Eyes on Washington”. He volunteers with several organizations including Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is a member of Gig Harbor Rotary. He currently serves as Vice President of Eastside Republican Club. He and his wife Lyn have three children, and live in Gig Harbor. He has previously run for Lieutenant Governor (2016), Congress (2014), and Washington State Senate (2010). He is focusing his campaign on government accountability and responsiveness to the public, restricting lobbying of the legislature by government agencies, reforming government budget practices and encouraging efficiency. His web site is http://electmarty.com

 

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May 5, 2020 Meeting — Online Governor Candidate Forum

Don’t miss Eastside Republican Club on May 5! We’re hosting an Online Candidate Forum for six Republican candidates for Governor of Washington! Our own Marty McClendon will moderate. The forum will be live streamed on the ERC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EastsideCitizens4Democracy, beginning at 7:00PM. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to watch! Let’s turn Washington red!

About the Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Loren Culp
Loren Culp

Loren Culp is Police Chief in Republic, Washington. As a U.S. Army Soldier, Loren honed his leadership skills in the Drill Sergeant School which he then used to help turn civilians into soldiers. He was the Honor Graduate for his class of Combat Engineers and an Honor Graduate of the Non Commissioned Officers Academy for Leadership. He was a Sergeant in the world famous 101st Airborne Division and the 2nd Infantry Division serving under President Ronald Reagan. After his military service, he was a small business owner for more than 20 years. In November of 2018, Loren was the first Police Executive to take a stand against the gun restriction initiative I-1639 which he believes is unconstitutional.

Tim Eyman
Tim Eyman

Tim Eyman is best known for sponsoring many conservative ballot initiatives in Washington, including I-695 (“$30 Car Tabs”), I-747 (1% limit on property tax levy increases), I-18 (reducing the King County Council from 13 members to 9), I-900 (government performance audits), I-960 (2/3rd legislative vote to raise taxes), and many others. In 2019, his initiative 976 to restore $30 car tabs and repeal the onerous Sound Transit tax was approved with 53% of the vote statewide, but is being challenged in court by Democrat politicians who resist the will of the people. He has stood strong in the face of legal persecution by the Washington State Attorney General, who is demanding he be permanently banned from political activity in Washington. He’s a frequent speaker at ERC, most recently on the topic of “Fearless Activism”.

Phil Fortunato
Phil Fortunato

Phil Fortunato is State Senator for the 31st Legislative District, and serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, Housing Committee, and Environmental Committee. He previously served as State Representative in the 31st and 47th Districts. Starting with a lawn-cutting business at age 18, Phil built a successful commercial landscaping and hydroseeding business. He currently owns and operates Eco-3, an erosion and stormwater management company. With over 30 years of experience, Phil provides environmental training and helps builders navigate environmental regulation. He was president and founding director of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the International Erosion Control Association. He and his wife Suzanne had been married 42 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.

Joshua Freed
Joshua Freed

Joshua Freed, a lifelong Washingtonian, was elected to the Bothell City Council in 2005 and later served as mayor. He oversaw revitalization of downtown, protected open space, and cleaned up long-ignored environmental issues, while giving tax relief to those who needed it. When King County announced plans to further imperil those with drug addiction by building heroin injection sites, Joshua persuaded local officials in nearly 20 cities and counties to ban injection sites in their communities and focus public resources on helping people break the cycle of addiction. He founded his real estate company with the vision of developing strong communities for families, and grew the business during the Great Recession into one of the premier locally-owned homebuilders in the Puget Sound region.

Anton Sakharov
Anton Sakharov

Anton Sakharov is a community activist and businessman who knows what it’s like to live under anti-capitalist regimes, something he fears could happen in this country and in the state as we tilt closer and closer towards socialism. He’s an immigrant who has lived through Soviet socialism and witnessed religious oppression and antisemitism; he knows from personal experience that our current path is a dangerous one. He pledges to use his more than 13 years experience in high-tech and in-depth management experience, to turn Washington away from its current socialist direction.

Martin Wheeler
Martin Wheeler

Martin Wheeler is a lifelong Washingtonian who was born in Tacoma, graduated from Bethel Senior High School and Tacoma Community College, and is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. He began in the fire service as a volunteer with Pierce County Fire District 17 at the age of 14. He was hired by Pierce County Fire District 7, and worked with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue until his retirement. He’s worked with county boards of health developing rules, regulations, policies and procedures. He’s demonstrated through his years in public service that he is dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His dream of giving back and making a difference becomes reality.

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ERC April Monthly Dinner Meeting is CANCELLED

Due to ongoing social distancing requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic, the April 7 monthly dinner meeting has been CANCELLED. The Board is working on the possibility of rescheduling the candidate forum at a future date once large gatherings are again permitted. The Treasurer will be in touch with those of you who already registered and prepaid for the April meeting to determine if you would like a refund or to carry your prepayment over to the next dinner meeting. Everyone stay safe and healthy!

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April 7, 2020 Meeting — Governor Candidate Forum — CANCELLED

Due to ongoing social distancing requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic, the April 7 monthly dinner meeting has been CANCELLED. The Board is working on the possibility of rescheduling the candidate forum at a future date once large gatherings are again permitted. The Treasurer will be in touch with those of you who already registered and prepaid for the April meeting to determine if you would like a refund or to carry your prepayment over to the next dinner meeting. Everyone stay safe and healthy!


Don’t miss Eastside Republican Club on April 7! We’re hosting a Candidate Forum for the top five Republican candidates for Governor of Washington! Our own Marty McClendon will moderate. This will be one of our biggest events of the year and we’re expecting a sellout crowd! RSVP today! Pre-pay to save $2 and reserve your spot. As always, we will have a great dinner and plenty of time to hang out with new and old Republican friends! Dinner starts at 6PM and the program begins no later than 6:30. Let’s turn Washington red! See you on April 7, 6PM at the Sheraton Hotel in Bellevue.

About the Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Loren Culp
Loren Culp

Loren Culp is Police Chief in Republic, Washington. As a U.S. Army Soldier, Loren honed his leadership skills in the Drill Sergeant School which he then used to help turn civilians into soldiers. He was the Honor Graduate for his class of Combat Engineers and an Honor Graduate of the Non Commissioned Officers Academy for Leadership. He was a Sergeant in the world famous 101st Airborne Division and the 2nd Infantry Division serving under President Ronald Reagan. After his military service, he was a small business owner for more than 20 years. In November of 2018, Loren was the first Police Executive to take a stand against the gun restriction initiative I-1639 which he believes is unconstitutional.

Tim Eyman
Tim Eyman

Tim Eyman is best known for sponsoring many conservative ballot initiatives in Washington, including I-695 (“$30 Car Tabs”), I-747 (1% limit on property tax levy increases), I-18 (reducing the King County Council from 13 members to 9), I-900 (government performance audits), I-960 (2/3rd legislative vote to raise taxes), and many others. In 2019, his initiative 976 to restore $30 car tabs and repeal the onerous Sound Transit tax was approved with 53% of the vote statewide, but is being challenged in court by Democrat politicians who resist the will of the people. He has stood strong in the face of legal persecution by the Washington State Attorney General, who is demanding he be permanently banned from political activity in Washington. He’s a frequent speaker at ERC, most recently on the topic of “Fearless Activism”.

Phil Fortunato
Phil Fortunato

Phil Fortunato is State Senator for the 31st Legislative District, and serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, Housing Committee, and Environmental Committee. He previously served as State Representative in the 31st and 47th Districts. Starting with a lawn-cutting business at age 18, Phil built a successful commercial landscaping and hydroseeding business. He currently owns and operates Eco-3, an erosion and stormwater management company. With over 30 years of experience, Phil provides environmental training and helps builders navigate environmental regulation. He was president and founding director of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the International Erosion Control Association. He and his wife Suzanne had been married 42 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.

Joshua Freed
Joshua Freed

Joshua Freed, a lifelong Washingtonian, was elected to the Bothell City Council in 2005 and later served as mayor. He oversaw revitalization of downtown, protected open space, and cleaned up long-ignored environmental issues, while giving tax relief to those who needed it. When King County announced plans to further imperil those with drug addiction by building heroin injection sites, Joshua persuaded local officials in nearly 20 cities and counties to ban injection sites in their communities and focus public resources on helping people break the cycle of addiction. He founded his real estate company with the vision of developing strong communities for families, and grew the business during the Great Recession into one of the premier locally-owned homebuilders in the Puget Sound region.

Anton Sakharov
Anton Sakharov

Anton Sakharov is a community activist and businessman who knows what it’s like to live under anti-capitalist regimes, something he fears could happen in this country and in the state as we tilt closer and closer towards socialism. He’s an immigrant who has lived through Soviet socialism and witnessed religious oppression and antisemitism; he knows from personal experience that our current path is a dangerous one. He pledges to use his more than 13 years experience in high-tech and in-depth management experience, to turn Washington away from its current socialist direction.

Eastside Republican Club’s monthly meetings are held at Sheraton Bellevue Hotelclick here for location information and directions. Monthly meetings cost $25 per person [$23 per person if paid in advance, online]. Please RSVP online at https://www.eastsiderepublicanclub.org/rsvp/ so we have an accurate count for dinner.

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