Ron Shepston in the mail

Attached are two mailers from the Ron Shepston campaign. Ron has made an impressive advance in fundraising in the past several weeks ($92,353 to date). This should help his name ID in the primary race against Ed Chau. Too bad for Ron that the mail did not happen earlier.  It always helps to get stuff out around the time the vote-by-mail ballots go out. The winner of the 42nd Congressional District primary will face the shady Republican Congressman Gary Miller.

Click the images below to see the complete mailers.

  27 comments for “Ron Shepston in the mail

  1. 42nd Undecided
    June 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    You are very right! This should have been mailed out weeks and weeks ago! Late on mail and late on signs! Amateurs!

  2. OC Watcher
    June 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Chris, I wonder where the figure 92,353 comes from. The FEC shows he has raised 59,673 through May 15. However he only has $6,181 cash on hand with 14,632 in debt. Where is the proof for the other $33,000? Besides if you take off the debt from the difference plus his cash on hand that only leaves about $25,000.

  3. June 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm


    This is what they say they have raised. Indeed, on both campaigns, we will not know for sure until their reports are in.

  4. Vera
    June 1, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Ed Chau camp has alot of balls that did not put any signs up in the LA area or call. I do not work or never met Ron Shepston, but he has my vote over Chau anytime. Vera

  5. PrOC Labor
    June 1, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Did Ron get smart and get union printed mailers…or are they just like his yard signs and letters to the voters…non union rubbish? My father was a union machinist, and I belong to the carpenters union. For me and for everyone I know it is important to make sure that the work is being kept here and wages protected. I don’t necessarily think that Ron is a bad guy, but come on are we not tired enough already of the Republicans in Democratic disguise? I met Ed at the day of action, and was impressed by his endorsements and THE FACT THAT HE WAS THERE! I don’t think there is any reason that Ron should be trying to down play union endorsements. NEXT TIME YOU PUT A YARD SIGN IN MY CITY…MAKE SURE IT IS UNION PRINTED RON!

  6. Ernie M
    June 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I have never met Ron, but, he has my vote.

    I am writing to add my comments to the concern over the endorsements by the teacher’s unions for Ed Chau.

    How on earth can the teamsters and teachers unions endorse Ed Chau. As a former teacher of Montebello USD, I am shocked that CTA & CFT would even consider endorsing a school board member for any seat. Ed has not always been supportive of teacher issues. He has not worked his way through the rank and file of any union. There have been times where he has voted against ideas and resolutions for the classroom.

    Then, to learn that he does not even reside in the Congressional Area for the office that he is seeking. Give me a break. He has no clue of the needs of this area. And only if he wins the seat, then and then only he will then decide and consider on getting a home in this area. Please!!!!?????!!!!! He may get a home here, but, will he actually live in it? This Is Very doubtful. This would mean that he would have leave Montebello.

  7. Ernie M
    June 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Ron is not playing down the unions. In fact, he is very PRO UNION.

    As for Chau, he may say he is for the union, but, truth be said, he is NOT.

    Take a good look at his voting record (Ed Chau) as a school board member, he has not voted very favorable.

    As for any signs by Chau, I have not seen one sign posted. I have seen signs for Ron.

    And, might I point out something to you, that Ed Chau NEVER used a union made sign when he ran for school board. I know for a fact that there is a printer who owns his own business, who prints out a number of signs for free, for some candidates and this man is NOT a union man, nor is his shop.

  8. Vera
    June 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Ed Chau may have union support, but he does not have a union bug on any of his signs. And I have pictures.

  9. OC Watcher
    June 1, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Ernie, I think the point about the unions is that the mailers do not have the union bug. That means they were not printed with union labor. One commenter seemed to also say that his yard signs also did not have the union bug (label).

  10. Ernie M
    June 1, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I understand what you are trying to say about the union bug. But, my concern is, that if Ed Claims that he is being supported by the unions, then why doesn’t his signs have the union bug? Ed talks the talk, but he does not walk the walk!!!! All Ed does gives us the lip service. Just another polished politician. His smile won’t get us anything done.

    Ron is A GRASS ROOTS PERSON. He believes in change.

  11. PrOC Labor
    June 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    all of Ed Chau’s signs have the union bug on them take a closer look. All you guys are so petty. The fact is, Ron has no experience in making effective policy decisions and what it takes to serve in public office. All of the mailers that I have received have all been union bugged, and the yard sign that is proudly displayed in my front yard prominently displays the allied printing logo! You can talk a big game and throw mud all you want, but the facts don’t lie, Ron is not the best suited candidate for the 42nd Congressional District.

    I Guess we will see who prevails come this Tuesday!

  12. OC Watcher
    June 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Well, someone says they do have the bug, someone says they don’t. Maybe we should post pictures of both Chau and Shepston’s signs and see who is lying.

    I will point out that at least the one Shepston mailers I looked at in this post do not show the union bug.

  13. OC Watcher
    June 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Okay, neither one appears to have the bug. Maybe they were printed by volunteers like last time. I wonder if Ron will lash out again.

  14. Dot De Leon
    June 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I took the picture at Chau’s office and I have no problem posting the photo. I take most of the pictures for Ron Shepston campaign. Chau sign did not have a Union bug on it..

    Please tell me how to post on this site and I would be glad to post.

    Thank you.

    P.S. He has not other signs around the LA or Orange County area that I founded, but that one in the last three weeks.

  15. Misha Houser
    June 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    OC Watcher,
    The mailers shown in this post are the electronic files. As anyone knows who does union printing, the bug is put on by the printer, not the designer. What you are seeing is the designer copy. I know for a fact that the mailers were union printed, union labelled for mailing. But because I don’t live in the district, I didn’t have the mailed pieces in hand. I thought it was more important to show that they existed since there had been some chatter about Ron not having any mailers.
    As for union support, I’ve gotten to know Ron over the past two months, and I can tell you that he is a die hard union supporter and has the support of many firefighters and others.
    I think it’s great that there’s a lot of passion about this seat, and I hope that whichever candidate prevails in the primary will receive the full support of Orange and Los Angeles democrats. We’ll need to work very hard to beat a very wealthy, unscrupulous republican incumbent (Gary Miller).

  16. OC Watcher
    June 2, 2008 at 8:00 am


    Thanks for the information.

  17. Ernie M
    June 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    You are so right Misha. We need to get the Gary Miller out and put a Democrat in this office.

    Ron has proven himself. He is not one of these polished politicians. He is one of us. Hopefully everyone voting will throw their support to Ron. He is the change we need in D.C. He is a Grass Roots Person!!!

    Ron, you have my vote!

  18. June 2, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I received BOTH of these mailers today.
    They did, indeed, carry a union bug.

  19. 42nd Undecided
    June 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Two mailers in todays mail. What a wast of money! These mailers should have gone out weeks ago! One at a time! By this late date people have already voted and are sick of the trash that comes in the mail! The only real candidate in Orange County is Debbie Cook. It looks like my vote will go to Williamson.

  20. duplojohn
    June 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    God. I feel shitty. i did’nt do the due dilligence and to find out that Chau is a carpetbagger hurts.

    Seems like a nice enough guy until you scrape of the top layer, and you find a lying coniving self serving politician.

    A little poking around Montebello USD reveals TONS about this guy.

    A shame.


  21. OC Watcher
    June 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm


    “A little poking around Montebello USD.” I don’t think the average person just goes around looking into dirt of Congressional candidates. Seems like you must be with a candidate.

  22. Chris F.
    June 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I went into Ron’s office today to do some phone banking. His mailers have the union bug.

  23. PrOC Labor
    June 4, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Sorry you guys…the polls don’t lie! Ron never had a snowballs chance…even Williamson who I never even heard of is beating him.

  24. Vera
    June 4, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Stop it……. We are sorry Ron did not Win. Ed, Miller or Mike will not get my friends or my vote. Orange County grow up. We should be working together. You all act like little kids. So just stop it.

  25. PrOC Labor
    June 4, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Ron came in last place overall…I never even heard of Williamson before, and out of the woodwork he came and beat Ron, that is kind of sad seen as Williamson did not even run a public campaign. And as far as you petty sheople that say now that Ed is the candidate you won’t vote for him…You have absolutely no grounds to complain about the corruption that Gary Miller is engaging in. If you guys were real democrats you would say, that was a great race, unfortunately we didn’t come out on top, but lets channel our efforts and go on to take out GM.

  26. 42nd Undecided
    June 4, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Look at the numbers people!!! Look at what Miller got and what the three Dems got!!! Please a Republican will always win this district. I am a good Democrat! You think Miller is corrupt??? Look at Chou’s school district!!! I will not vote for that guy!

  27. One Voice
    June 5, 2008 at 12:56 am

    I was surprised at the way Williamson came out second in the votes- a guy who did virtually no campaigning. I did not expect that- expected at least a tight race between Chau and Shepston to the very last.

    duplojohn- I would love to see links to the “tons of stuff” on Chau that you’ve “dug up”. I’m just curious as to exactly what it is that you’ve found.

    Let me tell you something, as a past student and future teacher- no single person has a hold on district numbers. A “failing” school district cannot be blamed on any one person. Let’s not forget that the Montebello School Board has four other members, and that the district itself is comprised of more than 30 schools, 900 teachers, and thousands of students. You can do your utmost to help around the budget cuts, the overcrowded classrooms, try to keep up with NCLB (which, IMO, needs DRASTIC changing in the way it is implemented, despite that is an honorable aim)- but there are limits. Do you know how low parental involvement has become in most school districts, and how important parental involvement is in a child’s educational development? Do you know how many more distractions there are for children now, than there were 20 years ago? Do you know how hard it is to try to keep within the regulations of NCLB? You don’t have to look at young teachers who have only been teaching at your school for 3-4 years and have to tell them that your district can’t afford to hire them anymore because of budget cuts by people you don’t even know, but have the power to cut funding for education. There are good teachers, there are poor teachers. There are good students, there are bad students. That’s pretty much it. Chau, or anyone else, can and IMO has done a lot to try and improve numbers. But the responsibility rests on the shoulders of EVERYONE.

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