Vote early and often in Rancho Bernardo ‘mayor’ race
(Updated to reflect change in Savour RB location.)
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
The annual Rancho Bernardo honorary mayor contest is getting into full swing, with just a month left for its two candidates to get locals to buy votes supporting their favorite.
Terry Klinker and Scott Lawn will each hold one campaign party in August, though they will continue to solicit backers and sell tickets through their respective businesses until the winner is announced at the annual Savour RB on Aug. 28. Also at that time tickets will be pulled, naming the purchasers as grand prize recipients. They need not be present.
Savour RB, the Rancho Bernardo Business Association’s food tasting event, will be held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, a change in venue this year order to accommodate the ever-growing number of attendees and participating restaurants.
Each candidate is selling tickets — one for $5 or six for $25. The one who raises the most money between the contest’s start on June 3 at the RB Alive! Expo and Savour RB will be declared the winner, given the title of honorary mayor and expected to participate in RBBA and community events, including Rancho Bernardo’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in September. The runner-up will be named deputy honorary mayor and fill in when the titleholder is unavailable throughout the year.
Proceeds will benefit the Miss Rancho Bernardo pageant, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and Rancho Bernardo Historical Society.
Klinker, who owns SportClips in Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch, said his campaign party will be an open house from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at his 4S Ranch store, 16615 Dove Canyon Road, Suite 113 in the 4S Village shopping center. Those who purchase a his tickets will receive a free MVP upgrade on their next haircut. The upgrade has a $6 value, he said.
Those who stop by the open house will also receive a free treat from Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt, also located in 4S Village.
Klinker said he joined the contest because it supports four “really important” groups and is a good way to raise money for the community.
The Santa Fe Valley resident for 12 years said he opened his first of four San Diego County-based SportClips franchises in Rancho Bernardo more than five years ago. The store at 15731 Bernardo Heights Parkway, Suite 104 in the Bernardo Heights Plaza was recently remodeled. It, like all the other SportClips stores, focuses on men’s hairstyling in a sports locker room atmosphere. Klinker said while the majority of his customers are male, there are some females who favor short haircuts.
Klinker, who previously worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for 30 years, said ballots can be purchased supporting him throughout the contest at his 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo stores.
Lawn will hold his party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, 12280 Greens East Road. Admission is $25, the cost of six tickets. Hors d’oeuvres sponsored by the country club will be served and there will be a no-host bar. Those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP at 858-486-8277 or ScottLawn@san.rr.com.
In addition to his backers becoming eligible for the three grand prizes, Lawn said he has also been collecting many door prizes so there are more opportunities to win. His party will include raffle prizes, silent auction items and a putting contest. Musical entertainment will be performed by saxophonist Chris Burgess.
Because Lawn said he has an “eclectic group of friends and business associates,” the party will also serve as a networking opportunity. Among his associations are RBBA, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, Business Networking International and Real Estate Caravans in Rancho Bernardo and Poway.
The RB resident for 26 years has owned Greenway Lawn Aeration for two decades. It started as a home-based aeration business, but has since expanded into landscaping design and installation, among other services. It is now based in Poway.
Lawn said he entered the contest because he finds volunteering to be “really, really rewarding” and would like to encourage others to get more involved in their community.
As for those grand prizes all ticket purchasers become eligible for, the first grand prize is a two-night stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn plus a round of golf. The second grand prize is worth a combined $300 since it is four $75 gift certificates to Athens Market Cafe, Bernard’O Restaurant, Café Merlot and Carvers Steaks & Chops. The third grand prize is worth $150 since it is two $75 gift certificates to The Barrel Room and Urge American Gastropub.
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