News Release

October 5, 2020 SPARC Online Briefing
Featuring Hoover Institution Fellow Lanhee Chen
“What Voters Need to Know About the November Election”

Los Altos Hills, California:  The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) in partnership with the California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) will hold their next Speaker Series Meeting using a virtual format on October 5, 2020 at 6:30pm. Hoover Institution Fellow Lanhee Chen will provide a briefing on the ballot measures before voters this November, as well as the latest election-related news.

California voters must decide on twelve state ballot measures in November on topics ranging from split roll taxation to kidney dialysis protocols. Other measures address public safety, voting rights and consumer privacy. As ballots are mailed to all California voters starting October 5, Dr. Chen will help navigate the diverse topics in this virtual briefing.

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.

A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has worked in politics, government, academia, and the private sector.

He has advised numerous major campaigns, including four presidential efforts. In 2012, he was policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, a senior strategist on the campaign, and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney’s 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004. During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, Chen served as a Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

This virtual event is organized in partnership with the California Congress of Republicans and their chapters throughout California.

This free event is open to the public and pre-registration is required. Participation will be limited so early registration is suggested. Guests may sign up at

For more information on becoming a Member of SPARC, visit the website.


The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) is affiliated with the California Congress of Republicans, a chartered organization of the California Republican Party. Our regional focus is San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and we attract members and speakers from all over the Bay Area region. SPARC hosts a dozen events a year that are open to the general public. SPARC was founded in the year 2000 and has been built on the historic Republican principles of limited government, low taxes, and a strong national defense. As a group, we work to extend our support for Republican candidates who will work at all levels to help make these goals come true. Link to SPARC Logo