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I surveyed a group of voters and community leaders and asked them if they thought I should run for Supervisor. Here is what they told me.

I am honored to endorse Terra Lawson-Remer as a candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Terra has been a true champion for working families and has been a champion for environmental and social justice her entire life.

As Supervisor, Terra will be an effective change-maker, placing the needs, hopes, and dreams of ordinary people at the center of every policy and administrative decision with the aim of improving the lives of all residents of San Diego County.
— Dolores Huerta
You have the ability to think through problems so large most folks can’t begin to conceptualize solutions. It is this intelligence and drive that led me to dedicate hours of unpaid time to you beginning in December of last year after just a single meeting. Since then I have heard you describe the scope of the challenges we face, and the priorities you list are absolutely correct. In this historical moment we have the opportunity to shift the future of San Diego dramatically from 2020-2024. A Democratic majority on the County Board of Supervisors for the first time in my lifetime. I know you understand better than most the desperate need for radical action to tackle climate change and income inequality. I don’t know if there is anyone else as prepared to advocate for, and achieve radical action on the Board of Supervisors. If you don’t think so either, then get ready, and run, because this historical moment necessitates it.
— Spencer Katz
Dr. Terra Lawson-Remer is an incredible strategist with a huge heart for our community. I fully support her run for County Board of Supervisor because she is not only a qualified individual but also a natural leader who will fight for us at the county level.
— Domingo Alvaro
Yes ... please!
— Elaine Galinson
Terra should run for the County Board of Supervisors, because she has the clearest vision of anyone I know for developing our regional economy in a way that will benefit working families and build the middle class - with a great 21st century public education system at the core.
— Richard Barrera
The best County Supervisors are smart, hard working, and sincere. Terra is more than that. She’s highly intelligent, has a truly progressive, nuanced point of view and a deep understanding of the issues our county faces. Also, importantly, she has proven to be a successful campaign strategist and fund raiser.
— Michael Gelfand
Terra is a social justice warrior who shares the progressive values of our community. She is a forward thinker that puts community first and works tirelessly for real change. I wholeheartedly endorse her campaign to represent all of us in the County Board of Supervisors.
— Cipriano Vargas
Terra’s background in economics and social justice makes her the perfect candidate to run for County Board of Supervisors. Her experience in working with community groups places her in an unique position to understand the needs of the community, and therefore prioritize county spending in areas that need it the most
— Narima Lopes
I am proud to endorse Terra Lawson-Remer for San Diego County Supervisor, District 3. Terra combines an extraordinary record of progressive community leadership with a keen understanding of public policy. I trust Terra to be a passionate and effective advocate for our environment, healthcare, and affordable housing. We need Terra’s leadership on the Board of Supervisors.
— Toni Atkins
I’m excited for the kind of leadership Terra will bring to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Terra is brilliant, fearless, and determined. She combines an extraordinary record of community leadership with a deep understanding of complex public policy challenges.
— Juan Vargas
Terra has proven herself an effective policymaker and political strategist on both the global and local scene. She has the skills and passion to lead San Diego County on the key issues we face, from healthcare and immigration to environment and climate change. Above all, she has a commitment to grassroots democracy that will empower us all in the process.
— Betty Wheeler
Yes! This office is something I’ve learned more about since 2016, and its local impact is outsized and lopsided. We need to represent liberal values on this board and I think you’d be a great candidate to do that!
— Nikki Faddick
Terra Lawson-Remer is an excellent organizer, fearlessly determined in executing a vision, and extremely dedicated to serving her community. Terra has the unique ability to bridge both sides of public service- as she can just as easily talk detailed policy and build high-level coalitions, as she is willing to roll up her sleeves and do the thankless work of community-building. If Terra serves District 3 with as much passion as she has served the 49th over the last two years, all of San Diego County will benefit.
— Amanda Mascia
Terra embodies a multitude of talents and abilities that make her an extraordinary candidate - intelligence, knowledge, eloquence, wit, creativity, charisma, exuberance and political savvy. Of course, she should run!
— Cess Resnick
Terra Lawson-Remer has shown outstanding leadership and political acumen as one of the founders of the “Flip the 49th” organization following the 2016 election. She is a smart, energetic, and inspirational leader — an excellent candidate for the 3rd District Supervisor in 2020.
— Lee Haydu
Bright, experienced, and committed describes Terra. She not only has great values very much in tune with the needs of the 3rd Supervisorial District, she also has the background and savvy to know how to advance them. She would make an excellent 3rd District Supervisor and has my enthusiastic support and endorsement.
— Dwight Worden
YES Terra you should run. You should start now and run hard to the end. This last election showed us once again that it is the candidates who have a passion to serve, a “fire in the belly”, a story to tell, a determination to get out and connect with voters, this are the candidates that win in the end. Knowing you, if you run you will have that passion and work hard and with more passion than the incumbent. You have a passion to do “good” and to serve all voters.
— Bernie Rhinerson
I support Dr. Terra Lawson-Remer running for County Board of Supervisors because she is a problem solver who will fight for issues we face on a daily basis. She will bring a much needed perspective to the board and our entire county will benefit.
— Edith Santos
I believe you’ll generate much enthusiasm among the same network of folks that helped put Mike in office. I’ve thought for a long time that whatever you want to go for you will get. One question I have is is the Sup role the right one? The impact of local issues on the national landscape is pretty strong, and I do see you in national office at some point, presuming you want it.
— Michael Gordon
Absolutely you should run for County Board of Supervisors! You already have the backing of all of the volunteers in the 49th to help you. I already like that fact that you are asking me what I think! Good idea to keep that open dialogue.
— Debbie Hanna
I’m in your court, Terra. You would be a breath of fresh air for our smoggy County Board!
— Liz Dernetz
Please run for county supervisor
— Chih-Wu Chang
Yes. You are the most intelligent, tenacious, fearless, aware and focused person I’ve ever met.
— Rhya Cawley
Absolutely! 2020 will obviously be an important election. I would be happy to help & contribute in any way I can.
— Rocco Versaci
Yes of course! If you can flip the 49th you can do anything
— Karen Liu
Yes
— Doug Porter
Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? ABSOLUTELY!
— William Bondshu
You are going to be amazing in this role. I’ll help you in any way possible.

Such a joy and honor to know you!!
— Melissa McCool
An unqualified and enthusiastic yes!
— Lisa Margolin
YES. [Your] leadership made a big impact in the 2018 elections. We need [you] to run, for sure.
— David French
Yes! Board of Supervisors - I have had the opportunity to get to know and work with Terra the last 2 years and think that she would be a great asset on the BOS. Through Flip the 49th, Terra developed an infrastructure for the boots-on-the-ground work of talking to our neighbors through phonebanking and canvassing. Through this infrastructure she harnessed the energy of dedicated volunteers and created the ground swell that flipped the 49th and multiple down ballot seats in communities throughout the district. She understands the importance of community organizing and listening to and engaging the entire community for the best representation.
— Misty O'Healy
Yes! I grew up in this area and feel strongly that it’s time to flip our republican tendencies particularly in this political climate to prevent districts from following the national government in undoing all the progress we have made in the last 20-30 years.
— Alejanda Sacio
I absolutely believe you should run and I would be behind you 1000%! You are amazing and brilliant and just what the SD County Board of Supervisors needs. And I think you could pull it off with all the support you will have behind you.

So exciting and I hope to be a part of it!
— Barb Amador
Hell Yeah!!! Or Heaven’s Yessss!!!! (Whichever one fits your mood :+))
— Maxi Greenwood
YES!! You are reading my mind! For the Vision Meeting I was going to say we should focus on taking out Ms Gaspar and get behind a single candidate with the right credentials. I wasn’t sure who that could be. Now I know. I’m behind you 100%!!
— Gary Jahns
You’ve played a unique role in building and sustaining Flip.
— Caroline Thiess-Aird
YES YES YES YES
— Stephen Bartram
Yes, and the Board of Sups, 3rd District is a great choice! We will support your effort.
— Wayne Dernetz
I believe you’ll generate much enthusiasm among the same network of folks that helped put Mike in office. I’ve thought for a long time that whatever you want to go for you will get.
— Michael Gordon
Terra! Congratulations!! What are you thinking about Supervisor? Based on this it seems like you operate at a higher level but obviously you are looking at County Supervisor as a step. I support you in whatever you want to do. Let me know how I can help you.
— Allison Stratton
Yes. great idea especially if you start early. I will support you. Just important to get your name out there and show how you are qualified.
— Diana Aguirre
Terra, without your brain child Flip The 49th and the strategy you developed and executed we would not have had the great success flipping not only the house, but numerous down ballot seats. Your ability to fund raise in the high 6 figures to finance Flip is remarkable and could only have been done by you. If we can’t persuade you to run for President then serving on the SD Board of Supervisors especially District 3 is where I am sure you will have the greatest positive impact.
— Tim O'Healy