Author Archives: John Nienstedt, Sr.

Edgy Interview: Cynthia Bryant

Cynthia Bryant, Executive Director of the California Republican Party, is all about the Golden State.  As you’ll see in this installment of the Edgy Interview, she’s been involved in California politics, at all levels, basically forever. But Cynthia’s love for the state clearly ventures well beyond the bounds of politics, stretching into the arts, food, sports and even a certain property she has her eye on. Glad we ask questions on a wide variety of topics.  Read more

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Innovations at CERC

Innovation should not be for big corporations alone. Competitive Edge has been at the forefront of many polling and research innovations over the years, including blended sampling, employing emailed surveys and our patent-pending MPower message-testing system. We know that our industry faces technologically-induced challenges, and we are up for tackling those challenges in smart ways. Read more

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Edgy Interview: Aimee Faucett

Aimee Faucett, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Chief of Staff, has long been a behind-the-scenes political dynamo making things hum in America’s Finest City. Although it seems she’s been a constant in politics, Aimee took a turn as Executive Vice President of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce before returning to city hall in 2017. As she’ll explain, she got her start more than 20 years ago before rising through the ranks. Aimee is one of the big reasons Mayors like Jerry Sanders and Faulconer get things done. Read more

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Edgy Interview: Jim Desmond

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond rose from San Marcos City Councilman to Mayor of that city, and was elected to his current position last year. Competitive Edge had the pleasure of conducting extensive polling for Jim in both his Primary and General Election races. In the latter, Jim racked up the most votes of any Republican elected official in the county. With a demeanor that’s approachable and engaging, it’s not hard to see why Jim is such a successful vote-getter. Read more

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Edgy Interview: TJ Zane

TJ Zane is one of those guys who has accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Working backwards, he’s currently serving his second term on the Poway Unified School District Board. As you’ll read, it’s a position that TJ is passionate about and he’s been very active while on the Board. Before that, he served as the president of the highly influential Lincoln Club, getting the Club involved in many winning efforts during his tenure. One was the 2012 pension reform campaign — which TJ branded as the fight for comprehensive pension reform (CPR for San Diego, get it?). Read more

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