Act like You Matter, Because You Do.
Why I’m Running
If you’re like me, you’re probably fed up with the state of our local politics. Our Congressional Representative, Ken Calvert, has been in office for 26 years and has all but forgotten us. He spends most of his time in Washington using his position in Congress to enrich himself and become a multimillionaire. Our Congressman has appeared multiple times on the list of our nation’s most corrupt politicians, and he has not held a town hall for us in 10 years.
As a concerned citizen I began contacting the Congressman’s office about the many issues that I care about, but never got a reasonable response. So, I began calling his office and demanding that he hold a town hall so that we can all come together to express our concerns. Ultimately his staff told me to stop contacting them, and that they don’t need to hold town halls, because Congressman Calvert “knows what the voters need.”
I was incensed and furious, so I made the decision – if Mr. Calvert was going to refuse to listen to his constituents, then I would run against him and take his seat. Because I WILL listen, and I will hear, and I will strive to understand the challenges and needs of our community. And with that understanding, I will go to Washington, D.C. and represent all of us who live in CA42. Because unlike Ken Calvert, I believe that CA42 matters, and I’m willing to work with you to make it better.
My name is Regina Marston, but you can call me Reggie. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where my mother was a stay-at-home mom and my father a country music entertainer. My parents taught me to treat all people with respect and fairness, and to always strive to do the right thing. Even as a young girl, I was the cheerleader of the family, and possessed a natural attention to detail and a strong drive for excellence. I’ve always been viewed as a person who can get things done; in school I was voted “Most Dependable.”
I graduated with honors from the University of Florida (go Gators!) where I studied Journalism and Communication. As a professional, I have used my drive, my education, and my expertise to bring numerous products to market. I have more than 30 years of experience working in a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, homebuilding, energy, utilities, non-profits, and more.
My best qualities are my tenacity and ability to speak truth to power. Over my life I have developed expertise in bringing large and complex projects to fruition. I know how to listen, hear, and understand. And I know how to put a plan into action that will succeed.
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,