SPARC - Providing local support for the GOP in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and neighboring counties since 2000


SPARC May Meeting
South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition 

Wednesday May 21, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
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Fremont Hills Country Club
12889 Viscaino Place
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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Register for our upcoming event and enjoy early registration pricing.  Join us for a evening of food, wine, as well as stimulating discussion of economic and government policies. Since 2000, SPARC has been hosting influential speakers on a variety of important issues. Our next event on Wednesday, May 21st,features Pete Peterson, candidate for California Secretary of State. 

About Pete Peterson

Pete was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where he is Executive Director. Peterson also co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times," which has helped over 500 public sector officials lead better, more participatory public processes.  

Pete has worked around the state consulting with governments from Bell to Vallejo to improve how they engage their residents in policy-making on issues ranging from the budget to water policy. Pete has also consulted with municipal government in the use of online public engagement and data visualization platforms. Pete also teaches a masters' class at Pepperdine University entitled "Leadership through Public Engagement."   

Peterson earned his BA in history from George Washington University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the advisory committees to the Institute for Local Government's Public Engagement Program (League of California Cities), the California Civic Innovation Project, and the University Network for Collaborative Governance. 

Prior to his work in public engagement, Peterson worked in the marketing/graphic communications industry for a dozen years, consulting with clients ranging from American Express to Kenneth Cole. Pete lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Gina, and daughter, Elsa. 


5:30 pm - VIP reception for Premium Members
6:00 pm - Social
6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Program
Cost: (includes dinner)
2014 Members:  $35
Non-Members:   $45 
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(650) 917-9125
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SPARC (the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition) is a Bay Area grass-roots political organization founded in 2000 and chartered by the California Congress of Republicans (CCR).  Our membership comprises many dedicated individuals that come together to learn, have fun, and work to bring positive change to our local, state, and federal politics.


SPARC's mission is to energize the Republican base in support of the overall goals and ideals of the Republican Party:

  • Low taxes
  • Limited government
  • Individual liberty and responsibility
  • Strong national defense
  • Leadership in world freedom


SPARC members host several local events and educational forums throughout the year and actively participate in grass-roots campaigning.  The organization focusses primarily on matters of political interest in Santa Clara county and San Mateo county but keeps the membership well informed on state and national issues as well.  

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming events, and we encourage you to become a member.


Welcome From SPARC President

John McDonnellSPARC President John McDonnell welcomes visitors and explains why you should join us. Read the Article

SPARC Organizational Goals

 * Provide an effective Republican grass-roots volunteer political organization through education, outreach, and involvement Sparcie
* Educate members and the public regarding pending legislation, candidates for public office, and important issues of the day
* Increase Republican registration and voter turnout of all registered Republicans
* Encourage and develop qualified Republicans to seek public office
* Promote unity by focussing on core Republican principles and what we can agree on

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