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Teri Knafla: Republicans need to get involved to win

Posted: September 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

So you say you’re a Republican? Well, guess what? We have less than eight weeks until Election Day and less than four weeks until people begin sending in their absentee ballot votes! What are YOU doing to ensure Republican victory?

Don’t listen to the media bias telling you that Republicans are “irrelevant” in California. We have a solid Republican stronghold in areas throughout California, including our own Santa Clarita Valley. And other areas are turning “red” as we speak, like San Diego County.

How does that happen? By individual Republicans making a determined effort to get involved in the process. You don’t have to spend hours on end. Certainly people are busy with their lives. However, if everyone donated an hour or two per week until the election, we would completely rock the vote.

What can you do to help? There’s plenty to be done.

The local 38th Republican Assembly District just held the grand opening for the official Santa Clarita Valley GOP headquarters. Located at 26523 Carl Boyer Drive (across the parking lot from Dick’s Sporting Goods), it is now staffed several hours throughout the day. And with more volunteers pitching in to help, the hours will be expanding to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday with limited hours on Sunday through Election Day.

Volunteers are needed at the SCV GOP headquarters to fill a variety of tasks including: manning the office in two-hour shifts, assembling walk packets, making precinct phone calls and walking precincts. Grab a friend and join us in this worthy effort.

The local grassroots effort is critical to ensure Republican victory and the time is now. It’s all hands on deck. Our future, our children’s future, our grandchildren’s future and the future of our country depends on each of us doing what we can to ensure the best people are elected to office. Children are welcome to attend and participate. Working on a local campaign is an educational experience that instills the value of being involved in the process of selecting our government representatives.

There are also eight local Republican clubs around town. The local clubs provide the opportunity to meet candidates, political speakers and other like-minded conservatives while providing a forum to educate and inform about upcoming issues, ballot measures and initiatives.

Information about most of the clubs can be found on, as well as, contact information should you wish to confirm meeting times and places. (Additional club pages are listed below.) All meet on different days and times throughout the month and are open to all Republicans. On the SCV GOP website you can register to receive weekly emails with listings of local GOP events and volunteer opportunities.

Stop by the SCV GOP headquarters. We have information about all of our Republican candidates appearing on the November ballot and lawn signs for many of them.

Are you ready to commit a couple of hours per week until the first week of November? I look forward to seeing you at the headquarters. What are you going to do to ensure a huge Republican turnout in November?

Additional information about meeting times and dates can be found on these Republican club websites:,, and

Teri Knafla is the executive director for the SCV Republican Headquarters 2012 Election Campaign. She can be reached at


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