Solano Republican Women Federated
Gaylon Kastner 1 Aug 2016

Lunch Meeting, August 1, 2016 at 11:00 at 625 Jackson Street Fairfield, Ca


Gaylon Kastner

The youngest of eight children, native Oklahoman, Gaylon Kastner, moved to California at the age of four.  She met and married her husband, Bill in Napa.  They had two sons, one of whom is deceased.

Gaylon loves spending time with her five grandchildren who are the children of her son, Bill, Jr. and his wife Jennifer.

She has been a licensed Real Estate agent since 1989, but has since retired.  Gaylon’s primary expertise lies in merchandising, sales and creative window displays.  She enjoys many hobbies, and is an avid health enthusiast who enjoys walking daily.

Since moving to Napa, Gaylon has been an active member of her community.  She has served on various school boards and has participated in many other school-related events.  She has worked on Supervisor campaigns and was Precinct Co-Chair twice.  Gaylon was active in the George Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Meg Whitman campaigns, and served on the Napa County Republican Central Committee.    She served as a two-term President, and eleven years on the board of one of Napa’s most successful non-profit organizations. This year she will mark her 26th year of service, donating more than 20,000 hours of community service.


Greg Coppes 4 Apr 2016

Greg Coppes has been a Solano County resident for 42 years.  He served in the USAF, became an independent business owner, and has partnered with non-profit organizations that promote Veterans' Rights.  He has mentored students through coaching football, and organized events to raise money for sports when High School funds were cut.

As a veteran, Mr. Coppes has worked tirelessly as a citizen advocate at the State Capitol.  He has worked with Senator Wolk to put a self-funding mechanism in place for veterans' organizations, and with Assemblyman Chavez to introduce a bill giving tax relief to active-duty military.  He also fought for and obtained funding for the modernizing of the Solano County Veteran Halls.

Greg is a Past Commander, American Legion, Post 208, and a standing officer for the past 15 years.  He is the founder of the American Legion Riders for Napa and Solano County, and the Founder/President of the Veteran Riders Napa/Solano.  He is also a proud supporter of the North Bay Standown for homeless veterans.

Greg Coppes has been married over 26 years, has two daughters, a son, and four grand children.

Mr. Coppes is running for State Senate, and in addition to veterans' rights, his platforms include the following:  increasing water storage to protect against drought, constitutional rights and personal freedom, enacting fiscal reforms to stop waste and fraud in Sacramento, repealing job killing regulations, returning control of schools to local areas, and providing career technical education to our students.

He will be speaking to us primarily about the plans he has in terms of California's water supply, including options, and the need to immediately stop the "twin tunnels" (The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan) from moving forward.

Clayton Smith 7 Mar 2016

Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith

2014-Present: Served as volunteer State Director for the Convention of States Project which is the largest and fastest growing nationwide grassroots Article V convention movement in US history and is aimed at reining in the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and returning power back to the states.
2013-Present: Served as volunteer board member for the Coalition of Energy Users (CEU), a non-profit advocating for affordable energy, job creation and environmental protection through common sense public policy.
2006 – 2015: Served as full time Director of California National Guard State Partnership Program (International Affairs Officer) at the National Guard Headquarters in Sacramento, responsible for military-to-military professional military leadership exchanges between California’s partnership countries of Nigeria and Ukraine.
2001-2005: Served as Branch Manager for the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc, a merit shop (non-union) building contractors association advocating for open competition for public works construction projects and construction industry apprenticeship programs.
2001: Earned Bachelors in Management and Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University, and earned his commission as an officer in the California Air National Guard.
1999-2001: Worked for 29th District Assemblyman Mike Briggs in the Fresno District Office.
1995-2001: Served as a member of the CA Air National Guard (as an Intelligence Specialist) at the 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno, CA.
1990-1995: Enlisted and served in the US Air Force and served in Operation Desert Storm in Bahrain with RF-4 Phantom Reconnaissance Squadron.

Joe Allio 1 Feb 2016

Fairfield Chief of Police Joe Allio

Fairfield Police Chief

Joe Allio joined the Fairfield Police Department in 1987 after working for the South San Francisco Police Department, for three years. During his career he has advanced through the ranks to Chief. Allio has worked in virtually every assign-ment including Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Youth Services, Internal Affairs, and Community Services. He was a founding member of the department’s Peer Support Team, participated in the development of “active shooter” response train-ing, and developed and implemented the Police Probation Team.

Chief Allio has earned two “Exceptional Performance Citations”: the first was for his professionalism and persistence during the investigation of a double homicide, which ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator for these heinous crimes; and, the second was for his actions during a hostage incident and subsequent interactions with family members of witnesses of the actions taken by responding officers.


B.A., Criminal Justice Management, Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH

President, The Leaven;

California Police Chief's Association;

International Association of Chiefs of Police;

Fight Crime Invest in Kids

John Gardner 4 Jan 2016

John Gardner

Assistant Registrar of Voters for Solano County

John Gardner is the assistant registrar of voters for Solano County and has been a part of the registrar's office since his move from Colorado in 2011. Mr. Gardner was instrumental in leading the registrar of voters' team through the success of elections in Solano County since 2012. Throughout the past four years, John has improved operations and efficiencies in the office including: ballot handling security improvements, deployment of electronic rosters countywide, cross-training staff, increasing office transparency, and implementing on-line registration processes.
Externally, John has worked with municipalities, school districts, and various community groups to help them understand and manage election costs, and help to address internal program issues such as finding adequate polling places, poll workers, and improving technology use in the election arena. John currently chairs the statewide Vote Cal Business Process Committee and is actively involved in modernizing our voter registration system.
John previously served in Colorado elections at both the state and county level. John has over 14 years of experience in elections, holds a master's degree in public administration from Norwich University, and is a CERA graduate, a nationally recognized elections registration and administration training
Please join us for our next lunch meeting, January 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield, CA. to hear John discuss the new election laws that have been passed this year that will have an impact on our elections.


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