Act like You Matter, Because You Do.
My name is Regina Marston, and I’m running to be the representative for Congressional District 42. I decided to run for Congress because I was shocked into reality after the 2016 election. I realized that being surrounded by progressives in the California Sustainable energy world, I had been working in, I had ignored the fact that a good part of the country had not recovered from the Great Recession and were full of anger, fear, bitterness, and were looking for someone to save them.
I also realized that “we the people” had been so busy trying to survive the Great Recession and for many years after, that we had lost our power over our public servants and government officials. Many of these people took advantage of that disconnected populace and began to run our cities and counties as if they had no accountability to their constituents. They began to resent our role in the process and started treating us as if they were our bosses, not our employees. This is exactly what has happened with Ken Calvert. He has forgotten that he is our “public servant” not our “public celebrity.”
In early 2017, I began to call my Senators and Congressional representative, Ken Calvert, and found out that Ken didn’t really care about my opinions, my feelings, or anything that mattered to me. I decided that I would wait until 2019 and make my voice known to run against him. So, here I am. I’m tired of watching someone act like we don’t matter because we’re not powerful or don’t have a lot of money to donate to his campaign. I matter. You Matter. #CA42Matters
RAISED IN DEMOCRATIC POLITICS
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN to Benny and Lee Martin. My dad was a professional country and bluegrass musician who played on the Grand Ole Opry for eight years with a variety of bands and his own show. Suffice it to say, my childhood was not typical. I grew up hanging out with the families of Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Porter Wagoner and many more.
Nashville was a small town back in the 60s and 70s and everyone in country music was involved in politics. My dad was very active in the Democratic party and was good friends with both Al Gore Sr and Al Gore Jr. He performed at many of their campaign rallies and one of his last public performances was at the launch of Al Gore’s presidential campaign in Carthage, Tennessee in 1999. My dad passed in 2001.
Politics was considered an occupational necessity and my family embraced them. We discussed politics at the kitchen table and my brother flirted with running for Congress after he graduated from college.
As a teenager, I worked alongside my dad for every campaign for Al Gore Jr. In high school, I was part of the Young Democrats Club and I worked as a canvasser for the Jimmy Carter campaign in college. I worked for the Clinton campaign in Orange County, FL as a communications volunteer, which basically meant I coordinated a few events and did some phone banking!
My husband Dennis and I moved to So Cal from Florida in 2005 to enjoy the progressive lifestyle that best fit with our cultural and moral values. We discovered Murrieta by accident when we came out on a visit and went to a jazz concert at Thornton Winery. We fell in love with the wineries, the Santa Rosa Plateau, the clean air, the brilliant blue skies, and the afternoon breezes. CA 42 is one of the most beautiful regions in So Cal. We need a representative in Congress that cares about all the people, not just the powerful.
Join Me to Make a Difference
As a woman who came of age in the 1970s, I believed I could do anything I set my mind to. I am tenacious, organized, detail oriented, passionate, and some may consider me “aggressive.” I understand how to navigate highly political and tenuous situations with a lot of passionate stakeholders. And I almost always bring them together in a way that makes everyone at the table feel their voices were heard, their concerns addressed, their needs were met, and that they mattered throughout the process. If you’ll join me on this journey, I promise I’ll make sure your voice matters. Help me go to Congress as your public servant and we can be the difference this region deserves.
Yours in service,