Author Archives: John Nienstedt, Sr.

The Edgy Interview: Jason Roe

I first got to know Jason Roe over lunch I’d invited him to at the old-school Bully’s North in Del Mar.  I had a salad, he had some red meat dish. I pitched him on CERC’s abilities and how we help clients win.  He listened and talked about how he wanted to build Revolvis in San Diego.  We both put ourselves out there without pretense – something you don’t always get in the political game – and I found it refreshing.  The result is that, in a tough local environment, we’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost on efforts we’ve partnered on.  I expect that to continue with his new firm Roe Strategic.  Here’s Jason at his unvarnished, revealing and direct best.  – John Nienstedt Read more

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What Happened with the Polls in Virginia?

“The polls were wildly off in the Virginia election.” That’s how one Vox article put it after Democrat Ralph Northam beat his opponent by 8.9 percent on the first Tuesday in November. Read more

Categories: Campaigns| GOP| Polls| Trump

The Edgy Interview: Rachel Laing

Rachel has worked with Competitive Edge on a number of local projects here in San Diego. She’s also worked with John Nienstedt on the not-so-pleasant divorce of the local Alzehimer’s Association chapter from the Chicago-based national organization. Aside from being among San Diego’s most active and witty twitterati, Rachel notably stars (along with Jason Roe of Roe Strategic) in the Voice of San Diego banner ads you keep complementing us on. ~JN Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Jerry Kern

n Competitive Edge’s three decades we’ve had many successes that make us proud. We love helping clients win in whatever arena they find themselves. One of our most gratifying efforts was helping Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern beat back an attempted recall. Not only did we assist his campaign in crafting the message that would take him to victory and vindication, our poll was spot on. Yeah, we know that frequently happens; it’s what we’re paid to do. But in Kern’s case we conducted the poll five months before the election. ~ JN Read more

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The Edgy Interview: John Hoy

Working from his Del Cerro lair, John Hoy is a San Diego political consultant who takes a thoughtfully methodical approach to winning elections. There is no bluster. There is no BS. There is no flash of bravado. John just thinks through every situation he’s faced with and guides his clients to make the best decision given the circumstances. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on big wins like Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council and Jan Goldsmith for San Diego City Attorney. John’s also the master of the signature-gathering process, recently helping Soccer City’s backers submit and qualify petition signatures in record time. As he mentions, his wife Cheri’s pretty great too. ~JN Read more

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