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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Monterey Herald - Casey Lucius: A dire need for compassion in politics

In the past two years that I have served on the Pacific Grove City Council, I have made two decisions that I truly regret. The first one was when we passed an ordinance outlawing sleeping in cars. At the time I justified the decision as a public health and safety issue, but the decision has nagged at me ever since, especially as the homeless population among us grows, services remain insufficient, and no city in the region has come up with alternative solutions.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00 AM

COMMENTARY: How to Prevent a Cyber Attack and Protect Our Privacy

In this San Benito Link Op-Ed, Casey discusses recent Congressional cyber-security legislation and suggests several ways that national security can be safeguarded without sacrificing individual privacy.

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Lucius: Importance of our Nation's Intelligence Agencies

We are constantly hearing about the three-letter agencies – CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA – but do we really understand what they do or how they impact the lives of average Americans?  Based on what we hear in the news, we just know that there are intelligence leaks, hacking, wiretapping, surveillance, and that there is a general mistrust between the intelligence community and the new Administration.
But it’s not just the Trump Administration.  In 2015, John Harwood, a journalist with CNBC conducted a simple twitter poll asking, “Who do you believe America?” A mere seventeen percent said they believe US intel officials, while 83 percent said they believe WikiLeaks.  Even more shocking, over 84,000 people answered this twitter poll.  A typical poll sample in America is around 1,000 adults.  I suspect these results reflect not a failure of the intelligence agencies, but rather the fact that most people have no idea what those intelligence agencies are doing.

Friday, October 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Casey Ranked Most Favorable at Use Your Voice Forum

Those filling out the forum survey were given the option to “check all that apply,” and out of 37 completed surveys, the candidates ranked from most favorable to least favorable were: Casey Lucius (Republican Congressional candidate) with 28 votes ... [and] Jimmy Panetta (Democratic Congressional candidate) with 18 votes.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:00 AM

Casey Lucius: As women voters, we can call the shots

I have learned a lot over the past year of my congressional campaign, but one of the things that has stuck with me and that resonates with people I meet is that women are getting things done in political office.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:00 AM

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Opens

"We have been talking about this for years it was really exciting to finally see it come to fruition,” said Casey Lucius, Republication candidate for Congressional District 20, is a member of the FORA board.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:00 AM

Residents honor Vietnam War heroes

The VFW Post asked Republican candidate for U.S. Congress 20th Congressional District Casey Lucius to speak at the ceremony.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Casey Lucius: CD 20 Q&A

TPG Daily sent two questions to the two candidates, Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta. Here are the questions and their answers.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Casey Shares Views over breakfast with San Benito County Association of Realtors

District 20 Congressional candidate Casey Lucius, the Republican in the race, introduced herself before answering two questions. Her opponent, Jimmy Panetta, the Democrat, was absent. They are vying to succeed the retiring Sam Farr.

“How do we balance border safety with the fact that we have a shortage of farm labor?” LoBue asked Lucius.

“Immigration reform is a top issue in this district, and it’s one of my priorities for my campaign,” Lucius said. “There are really a couple different proposals on the table in Congress, and one is comprehensive immigration reform. A lot of people talk about the need for comprehensive immigration reform, which I agree. Unfortunately, I’m pessimistic that it won’t ever be passed because it’s such a divisive and ideological issue.”

Sunday, October 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Fascinating Battle to with California House Seat

Click the above link to view a Fox Special Report segment on the race.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Congressional Debate: Panetta vs. Lucius

Click the above link to view the debate between Casey and Jimmy on KSBW.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Forum to focus on Race for Congress

A candidate forum in the race for District 20 seat in Congress is set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Seaside.
The two candidates in the race are Republican Casey Lucius and Democrat Jimmy Panetta.
The event is hosted by The Monterey County Weekly. Interim editor Sarah Rubin will moderate the forum which will touch on national topics such as immigration policy, gun control, foreign policy and health care. A question and answer period with the audience will follow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Lucius Proposes Aircraft Noise Solution

Casey Lucius, the Republican candidate for the 20th Congressional District seat being vacated by Sam Farr, proposed fixes for aircraft noise after meeting with leaders at the Save Our Skies Santa Cruz community meeting. The noise impacts residents in the district, Lucius said.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:00 AM

Lucius Endorsed by Veterans Group

Veterans in the U.S. Congress have dropped from 80 percent to less than 20 percent in the last 40 years. Our military heroes come home from the battlefield with all of the traits you want in our leaders except one, how to get elected. The George Washington Leadership Foundation’s mission is to change that by improving our candidate pool and training our veterans to become electable candidates.

Friday, June 17, 2016 9:55 AM

Interview with David Webb

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:11 AM

Voters Want Change

A brief interview on KSBW's Channel 8

Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:12 AM

We need a fresh face

We need a fresh face

Unless you've been locked in a bank vault for a year, you know that political outsiders like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are garnering favor with voters. In fact, folks who haven't bothered to vote are getting signed up so they can make their voices heard in the upcoming primary and general elections. 

Voters appear to be rejecting political dynasties such as the bushes and the Clintons. They seem to want a fresh start in Washington. So I suggest a fresh face for Sam Farr's seat in Congress. Casey Lucius is the perfect candidate for the Central Coast's 20th Congressional District. She's a Navy veteran who served in Naval Intelligence. She taught at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Casey is on the Pacific Grove City Council. She's a mom and she's very smart. In fact, we should be referring to Casey as Doctor Lucius because she has a PhD in Political Science. Pretty impressive, don't you think?

Jimmy Panetta is also in the race for Sam Farr's seat and the Panetta name is well known in this area, but that's the point. We really need someone outside the good ole boys club to represent our interests in the Congress. Casey has taken the time to make sure she knows all of the issues facing folks living both in the urban areas of the district and in the agricultural areas so vital to helping feed the population of our country.

Keep you eyes on Casey Lucius. She is going places. With you help and your vote for her in the primary and general elections she'll get the support she needs to get to Washington and start getting things done for the Central Coast.

- Lee Schell, King City

Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:09 AM

Casey Lucius Proposes New Regional Academic Network To Protect Area’s Defense Installations From Cutbacks


Saturday, June 4, 2016 12:00 AM

It’s time for a change


In this Op-Ed, a local contributor explains why he's choosing to support Casey Lucius for Congress this elections season.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:00 AM

The Path That We Choose - A Personal Message from Casey Lucius

In this Op-Ed, Casey speaks directly to the voters to explain her candidacy and why she is running to represent our community.

Friday, May 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Political Digest: Lucius unveils plan

In the face of potential defense budget cutbacks, Republican candidate for Congress Casey Lucius is calling for the creation of an information network in which local military and civilians alike can share data and resources.

Lucius proposes joining "the talent and resources of area institutions of higher education and existing capabilities at the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School to create a world-class knowledge network."...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM

5 candidates vying to replace Rep. Sam Farr

In this brief segment, KSBW's Brynne Whittaker takes a look at the race for Congress and the candidates vying for that seat.

Friday, May 20, 2016 1:39 PM

Election forum leaves Impression on attendees

A summary of the results pulled from a survey given out to guests after the May 12 political forum. Guests were polled on their opinions of the candidates present, county-wide issues, and past actions taken by the county.

Audience responses to the recent "Use Your Voice" political forum at City Hall shows guests favoring Casey Lucius, who is running for Congress, as well as expressing concerns about the lack of jobs in San Benito County. BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau co-hosted their first political forum of the season on May 12. It was an event designed to give the public a chance to interact with the candidates running for seats in the House of Representatives, State Assembly, and for District 

1 county supervisor. Measure P, the proposed half-cent sales tax to fund local transportation projects, was also a topic. 

Candidates were each posed a number of questions detailing their thoughts on a range of county issues including Measure P,immigration reform, county growth, water and education. Jimmy Panetta and Barbara Honegger were unable to attend the forum. Panetta had a scheduling conflict and Honegger canceled at the last minute due to a death in family. They are not included in the infographics in this report.
Directly after the forum, a brief survey was handed out to attendees. Approximately 60 people attended the event and about 20 people took the time to answer a survey questions that were made available at the event. The questions were designed to evaluate how well the candidates communicated with the audience. They also asked for the audience’s response to the county issues discussed that evening.
Fifty-five percent of respondents answered that they had found congressional candidate Casey Lucius to be the most genuine speaker that evening, while 46 percent of voters thought Lucius gave the most direct answers to the questions about policy, politics, and plans of action.  When asked which candidate failed to adequately answer the questions posed to them, 37 percent filled in the name of State Assembly candidate Georgia Acosta. The audience also  filled in the names of other candidates who were present that night, in percentages that are detailed in the infographics. The names of Assembly candidate John Nevill and Congressional candidate Jack Digby did not receive any votes on the returned surveys. Therefore, they have not been included in the informational graphics.

Read more here

Monday, May 16, 2016 7:57 PM

Casey Lucius Campaign On the Radar, Called Competitive Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            May 16, 2016

Casey Lucius Campaign On the Radar, Called “Competitive” Race
By National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee

SALINAS, CA, May 16, 2016 – Casey Lucius today announced that the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) has officially designated the race to succeed Sam Farr as “competitive” and that her campaign for Congress is “On the Radar.”

While most political pundits have assumed that an uncontested Democratic nominee in this district had an automatic pass to be elected, the organization with responsibility for monitoring Congressional races on behalf of Speaker Paul Ryan has moved Casey Lucius’s campaign onto its list of  “competitive” races. 

“Voters throughout the district are telling me that it is time for a change in Congress and that they are excited about my campaign. I am delighted to see that this race is getting national attention and that the momentum I feel from talking with voters is being recognized,” Casey Lucius said.

This is the first time that the NRCC has become involved in a Congressional race in this area.

Casey Lucius, who served as a former Professor of National Security at the Naval War College and ran an intelligence unit on The USS Stennis in the Persian Gulf during her active duty in the Navy, is a candidate for Congress in California District 20.

Contact: 831-402- 9636

Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Lucius named GOP 'Young Gun'

Casey Lucius, Republican candidate in the race to replace Sam Farr in Congress in District 20, has announced that the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has officially designated the race as “competitive” and that her campaign for Congress is “On the radar.”

The NRCCC is responsible for monitoring congressional races on behalf of House Speaker Paul Ryan. It has moved Lucius’s campaign onto its list of “competitive” races.
Lucius is one of 11 “Young Guns” identified by the NRCCC, including three other California Republicans in congressional races.

Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Lucius Gets Boost from Republican Party

Republican leaders see California's 20th congressional seat as one they could take a back for the first time in around 40 years.
Today the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee placed Casey Lucius into their "Young Guns" program, effectively saying they think the GOP can win back the 20th congressional seat, despite its long history of Democratic control. The seat is being vacated by Democrat Sam Farr, who will be retiring. Before him was Leon Panetta and Farr's father, both Democrats. And Panetta's son Jimmy is now seeking the seat. Candidate and political analyst explain why now is the time for republicans to strike.

Friday, May 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Casey Lucius is On the Radar

On the Radar candidates are individuals running in competitive congressional seats.  

Monday, May 9, 2016 11:52 AM

Being ready for threats to Western civilization


Being ready for threats to Western civilization

Ever since 9/11 I have been concerned about foreign threats we face like North Korea and Islamic terrorism. So I took a class taught by Casey Lucius at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

I was impressed by Dr. Lucius’ depth of knowledge of foreign and military affairs and her understanding of how to think and prepare strategically for these threats. By “we” I include Europe. Western civilization, which has produced a high quality of life and liberty, is under persistent threats.

On our beautiful Central Coast and Salinas Valley it is easy to neglect horrible news from other parts of the world. Local political campaigns focus on local issues such as prosperity, infrastructure and environment. Yet, in the 21st century we have witnessed many atrocities. Our democratic republics have tried a spectrum of initiatives to defend the West, ranging from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to humanitarian efforts hoping to assuage resentments toward the West.

Lucius’ informed strategic thinking with assertive confidence and collaborative skill make her most able to move our foreign policy toward deterring, and when necessary, confronting these threats.

Her platform at shows good positions for many other issues in District 20, especially our most important industry, agriculture.

— Alan French, Salinas

Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:00 AM

Election 2016: Lucius, Panetta confident going into June primary

 Election 2016: Lucius, Panetta confident going into June primary

Monterey >> About a month away from the California primary election on June 7, the top two contenders for the 20th District seat in the House of Representatives are busy presenting their messages to as many people as possible in whirlwind campaigning that may see them duking it out into the November general election...


Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:39 PM

Panetta is still voicing the same rhetoric

Panetta is still voicing the same rhetoric

Once again Jimmy Panetta is voicing the same rhetoric.  If I didn’t know better, his answers in the May 1 Herald sounded as if Leon Panetta had choreographed them. It’s the same old statements Jimmy has said in his forums against Casey Lucius, and he read those from a binder. I wonder who wrote them?

Lucius didn’t use notes when she spoke to the audience. She carries herself with convictions that make sense. This young lady should represent all three counties.
On May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m., Lucius will be at La Scola in Castroville. Come meet this impressive lady.

John King, Carmel.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:31 PM

Making informed voting choices not habitual ones

Making informed voting choices not habitual ones

In an April 22 letter, Doug Gamble observed that many Democrats will vote for anyone with a “D” following their name rather than vote for a Republican. Gamble opined that, if Charles Manson were on the ballot as a Democrat, some Democrats would vote for him. 

In an April 27 letter Cosme Padilla found that statement offensive, but sadly, it’s true.

Two years ago, state Sen. Leland Yee dropped out of the race to become secretary of state after being arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in firearms, importing and selling rocket launchers, money laundering, murder for hire, drug distribution, defrauding citizens and political corruption.

A Democrat and one of California’s leading advocates for gun control, Yee’s name remained on the ballot and on Election Day he came in third, garnering more than 300,000 votes. 

There is nothing within Democrats or Republicans that makes them more noble, intelligent, compassionate or wise. Democrats believe in the power and promise of government while Republicans believe that America’s power and promise lies within the individual.
The gridlock we abhor in Washington originates with our votes so we have to set partisanship aside, do our own research and make informed rather than habitual choices.

— Sandra Braddock, Monterey

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:10 AM

Lucius: Panetta twice mischaracterized my views



Lucius: Panetta twice mischaracterized my views

Jimmy Panetta in his responses to the Sentinel’s congressional candidate Q&A published Sunday twice mischaracterized my positions. It’s important to correct the record. On homelessness, my answer clearly acknowledges the need for federal involvement, so the error is obvious.

He also tried to answer the ISIS question for me, but wrongly claimed I proposed “over 20,000” troops. What I have said and written publicly is that senior military leaders, including our former NATO commander, have recommended deploying 15,000-20,000 troops to dismantle ISIS, and I believe the president should give serious consideration to the advice of these military experts. I have addressed this topic at candidate forums and in a recent op-ed. Both of which are available online.

I believe candidates should speak for themselves, and readers can look at unedited, side-by-side answers to a variety of questions from candidate forums on my YouTube site: Better yet, come out in person to one of our debates and judge for yourself.

— Casey Lucius, Pacific Grove

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:01 AM




Local TV station KSBW recently informed us that we’re locked by political party affiliation into voting for our designated party’s candidate(s) in the upcoming June 7 Primary Election.

In other words, if you’re a registered Democrat, you’ll have no choice but to vote for Jimmy Panetta. Then, after June 7, you’ll be free to vote your conscience behind closed curtains in the November General Election for whomever you want to be our next District 20 Congressional Representative.

Please give serious consideration and your vote at that time to Casey Lucius, who is a far more spectacular candidate than to Jimmy Panetta, who has little more than a high profile surname to ride on.

The real choice will be yours ... after June 7.

Doug Nakashima


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Editorial, May 4, 2016: Lucius, Panetta for Congress


Editorial, May 4, 2016: Lucius, Panetta for Congress

It’s been almost four decades since a Republican candidate has offered anything more than token opposition in a race for the Congressional seat representing the Monterey Bay Area.

This year, in the race to replace longtime incumbent Democrat Sam Farr in the 20th Congressional District, that political history has changed with a capable and credentialed Republican candidate, Casey Lucius, going up against Jimmy Panetta, whose political lineage and support makes him an odds-on favorite.

But not yet, since the June primary will establish who will run in the fall. And Lucius’ campaign and skills should make the November election something more than perfunctory, even though Democrats hold a substantial edge in registration. Three other candidates are also on the ballot: Independents Barbara Honegger and Jack Digby and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Joe Williams of Santa Cruz.

For the June 7 primary, we are urging voters to select Lucius as the Republican nominee and Panetta to represent Democrats. Both would make an excellent representative for people living in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

Panetta’s name recognition edge is substantial, since he is the son of Leon Panetta, who represented this area in Congress from 1977-93 (Farr succeeded him) before joining the Clinton administration and later serving as CIA chief and Secretary of Defense. With his wife, Sylvia, the elder Panettas have established the Panetta Institute at Cal State Monterey Bay, where national and global figures are invited to debate and discuss the issues of the day.

Jimmy Panetta has the good fortune to carry this name that represents public service and a deep love for Monterey and the region. But as much as his lineage and connections, along with the big edge in party registration and funding, have helped him, the younger Panetta has been preparing for this run for years. A prosecutor and Navy vet with tour in in Afghanistan, Panetta would hit the ground running, having already established solid connections with congressional leadership.

He doesn’t shy away from what his father and Farr have helped bring to the region — including the conversion of Fort Ord to civilian use, creation of Cal State Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery — a project for which he helped build community support. His stands are moderate Obama-Clinton Democrat: comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, expanding health care coverage and expansion of veterans benefits, affordable housing and mental health services.

Lucius, for her part, has proved a deft campaigner who, at forums and in personal appearances, has shown considerable political gifts, often putting Panetta on the defensive, especially when she calls for a change from the Panetta political dynasty. She’s also run successfully for public office, currently serving on the Pacific Grove City Council. Raised in Ohio, she’s a Navy vet, serving seven years as a military intelligence officer, and has a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School. Lucius left her job at the Naval War College in Monterey to make this run.

What kind of Republican is she? For want of a better term, an outsider, which fits in well in this chaotic election year. Her stances on social issues are more liberal than party orthodoxy, and her studied responses on foreign affairs have been impressive. She’s the antithesis of Donald Trump. Lucius emphasizes her support for middle-class working families and says GOP economic polices will create lasting jobs while lowering taxes, which will benefit families who have spent years seeing their finances stagnate or wither. On immigration, she supports reforms that will provide guest workers needed by the agricultural and hospitality industries vital in the region.

To learn more about both candidates’ positions on local, national and global issues, the Sentinel asked Lucius and Panetta to respond to a series of questions; their answers were published Sunday. We urge voters to read their answers, which can be found at here and here. Voters are well served this year in having two capable and qualified candidates running. That’s why we are backing Casey Lucius, Republican, and Jimmy Panetta, Democrat, on June 7.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Election 2016: Lucius says district needs more creative solutions

In lieu of face-to-face interviews, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Monterey Herald asked the two major candidates for the 20th Congressional District a series of questions to gauge their views on certain issues both local and national. Here are the questions and Casey's answers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:06 AM

Voters have a genuine chance to make a change

Voters have a genuine chance to make a change

For decades the election for our district’s member in the House of Representatives has been a lopsided affair. There really was no choice.

This year we have a chance to make constructive change. The election will give us an opportunity to vote for two decent, thoughtful and qualified individuals. Running against Jimmy Panetta (a nice guy and dedicated public servant) is an amazing woman, Casey Lucius (a former naval officer, professor and current Pacific Grove City Council member).

Look closely at these two and you won’t see much substantive difference in their positions. Look a bit closer and you will find that Casey’s depth of knowledge, ability to listen, and communication skills stand out. Attend one of the many candidate forums and see for yourself.
Vote Casey Lucius for Congress.

— Dennis Allion, Del Rey Oaks


Monday, April 25, 2016 9:06 AM

Voting for the person and not the political party


Voting for the person and not the political party

I commend Lorne Braddock for his April 20 letter in which he urged voters to end the dynastic Democrat stranglehold on the 20th Congressional District seat by voting for Casey Lucius instead of Jimmy Panetta in November.

Yes, she would bring new ideas, varied accomplishments, a sharp mind and a compelling life story to Congress, but because she has committed the sin of not being a Democrat her chances of winning are zero.
Charles Manson could be on the ballot, but if his name was followed by a (D), a majority of people in this district would, in knee jerk fashion, vote for him.
Only when most voters decide to vote for the person and not the party will outstanding candidates such as Lucius be victorious.

So once again, the vote in November will not be so much an election as a coronation.

— Doug Gamble, Carmel

Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:43 PM

The Return of the Zarqawists: How to Deal with the Islamic State Movement

An interview with Dr. Casey Lucius in the current issue of CTX Journal, "The Return of the Zarqawists: How to Deal with the Islamic State Movement

In this insightful article, Casey and other recognized experts respond to questions about a rising (and resilient) ISIS threat.

To read the entire interview (pp. 50-64) click here

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:41 PM

Casey Lucius is a Vet, too

Casey Lucius is a Vet, too 

Roberto Robledo’s post of March 24 included Jimmy Panetta’s Navy military service in Afghanistan, but not Casey Lucius’.

Lucius is a Navy veteran, serving seven years as a military intelligence officer, worked with SEAL Team 5 in the Persian Gulf, and intelligence liaison to multiple nations throughout Asia.

      - Marvin Jones, Hollister

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:37 PM

Casey Lucius: Maverick Republican

Casey Lucius: Maverick Republican

"Lucius comes from pull-up-your-bootstraps beginnings. Told that the family could not afford to send her to college, she said her stepdad stepped up, and cashed in his retirement so she could go. That’s a lesson she never forgot and pledges to pay forward if elected to Congress..."


Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:27 PM

Panetta not the best choice for Congress


Panetta not the best choice for Congress

Local TV station KSBW recently informed us that we’re locked by political party affiliation into voting for our designated party’s candidate(s) in the up-coming June 7 primary election. In other words, if you’re a registered Democrat you’ll have no choice but to vote for Jimmy Panetta. And then, after June 7, you’ll be free to vote your conscience behind closed curtains in the November general election for whomever you want to be our next District 20 Congressional Representative. Please give serious consideration at that time to Casey Lucius who is a far more spectacular candidate than to Jimmy Panetta has little more than a high profile surname to ride on. The real choice will be yours, after June 7.

— Doug Nakashima, Royal Oaks

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:25 PM

Need more coverage of congressional candidates

Need more coverage of congressional candidates

As a longtime subscriber to the Monterey Herald, I am disappointed that there has not been more coverage on the congressional campaign, informing us about the individual candidates.

I had the privilege of hearing Casey Lucius speak twice this year. I believe she would represent our district better than any of the other candidates. If the public has the opportunity to meet and greet her I think they would be favorably impressed. As a member of the majority she can make a positive difference here in our district.

— Deanna Woodhour, Carmel

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:21 PM

Time to break free from dynastic representation

Time to break free from dynastic representation

Are you tired of “imperial” political families and nepotism running our country? Then consider Casey Lucius for Congress.

For decades, the “good old boy” network has had a stranglehold on local government, to the exclusion of exceptionally well-qualified candidates and the detriment of voters.

Today, however, Monterey County residents finally have a chance to break away from the imperial elites, disrupt the status quo and send an exceptionally well-educated and well-qualified woman to Congress.

Casey Lucius is a wife, mother and a Navy veteran with a Ph.D. in political science who is campaigning for Sam Farr’s soon-to-be vacated congressional seat. Farr, who followed his father’s footsteps into politics, had occupied the seat for 24 years and hopes to hand it off to Jimmy Panetta, a well connected second-generation politician who will meld into Washington’s “good old boy” network on the day he arrives.

With the upcoming election, we the people of Monterey County have a rare opportunity to break free from dynastic representation. Casey Lucius will infuse non-ideological blood into Congress bringing fresh ideas, a new perspective and a personal life story that just might blend some reality into that assemblage of the privileged.

Check out her website at

— Lorne Braddock, Monterey

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:18 PM

Casey Lucius will meet needs of diverse district


 Casey Lucius will meet needs of diverse district

 After attending the Pacific Grove forum and one other event regarding Casey Lucius’ run for our district’s Congressional seat, it was very clear that she has the best qualifications and commitment to meet the growing needs that our diverse area will present in the immediate future.
Casey had a clear and concise plan to offer that none of her four competitors could present.

Further, Casey Lucius has the leadership skills from her career as a Naval officer, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and as citizen and council member of Pacific Grove.

Casey’s commitment, service and solutions-focused leadership will meet the needs of our diverse district for many years to come.

Vote for a great future for our area.

Vote for Casey Lucius for Congress.

— Ray and Barbara Rasul, Pebble Beach

Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:47 AM

The National Interest is Privacy, not Backdoors to Encryption

The Feinstein-Burr bill is both unnecessary and harmful to our strategic interests. For all the power that the bill gives to the government, there is very little real-world upside. Agencies like the NSA have plenty of cryptologic horsepower to meet our cyber needs and if FBI forensic investigators need help, they should use existing capabilities, authorities – and protections — to get it. The downside of a mandated universal backdoor is calamitous. The last thing we want is for our national security advantage in cyber power to be lost because our own government – by statute — makes everything encrypted in the United States open for hackers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:33 AM

Encryption News Release

April 13, 2016

Casey Lucius Opposes Feinstein-Barr Encryption Bill,
Calls it “Privacy Nightmare that is Dangerous to Security” 
SALINAS, CA, April 13, 2016 – Casey Lucius, candidate for Congress to replace Sam Farr, today condemned the proposed legislation soon to be introduced in the U.S. Senate that would have the effect of compelling anyone who provides encryption services to turn over to the government, upon request, anything that is encrypted.
“Protecting our national security is the job of government but it cannot use the mantle of protection to give itself powers that in fact degrade our freedoms. This bill not only intrudes on our privacy but creates a legal requirement for encryption companies to maintain a backdoor that can be breached by foreign powers or criminal hackers. That makes it a privacy nightmare that is dangerous to security,” said Casey Lucius.
The proposed legislation is wrapped in the language of worthy objectives but a detailed reading reveals that it simply requires that anyone who provides encryption, be it for your email, your smartphone or internet use, is required to maintain a backdoor that must be turned over to the government upon obtaining a court order.
Casey Lucius called on her fellow candidates for federal office to join her in opposing these over-reaching and ineffective attempts at defeating private sector privacy protections. “The federal government has at its disposal enough capability to combat terrorism without taking Constitutional shortcuts that are counterproductive to maintaining our security,” said Lucius.
Casey Lucius, who served as a former Professor of National Security at the Naval War College and ran an intelligence unit on The USS Stennis in the Persian Gulf during her active duty tour in the Navy, is a candidate for Congress in California District 20.
Contact: 831-402-9636

Link for Twitter:

Sunday, March 27, 2016 7:06 AM

Candidates for Congress face off in PG



PACIFIC GROVE – The race to June 7 primary to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Sam Farr in Congress has attracted five candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds – an ironworker, author, prosecutor, college professor and a surfer.

They all were formally introduced to voters on the Monterey Peninsula Wednesday night at a candidates forum held by the League of Women Voters.

Before a packed crowd in the city Recreation Center, each candidate gave their qualifications and list of top priorities for serving in the 20th Congressional District...

Candidates for Congress face off in PG


Sunday, March 27, 2016 6:49 AM

Casey Lucius: The US must take action now on ISIS



Much has been made about the connections between those who planned the Paris attacks of November and the perpetrators of this past week’s attacks in Brussels. The subsequent discussion has largely been about security issues in Europe. However, there is one major difference between what happened in Paris and the attack at the Brussels airport; the attack that occurred in the Brussels airport was an attack on America. The bombers targeted the area in and around the American Airlines check-in counter during the time that passengers were checking in for American Airline’s flights to New York and Philadelphia. While the bombs were detonated on Belgian soil, the target was us.

Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying, “At present, we have no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States.” As a former intelligence officer, I am immediately skeptical of a sentence with four qualifiers that tries to obscure the obvious. It is crystal clear ISIS wants to attack U.S. targets, whether here or abroad, and they have the will and capability to execute them. That means we had better get ready.

Getting ready means we need to implement reasonable security measures including random patrols and shared information that allows our national intelligence capability to benefit our local law enforcement and security personnel. A thoughtful strategy that includes multiple layers of security that is sustained over time is far more effective than impressive but short-lived displays of power. Balance is the key. 

The public needs to understand the threat of ISIS. ISIS can no longer be thought of as the jayvee team. They have executed over 75 attacks in 20 countries outside of Iraq and Syria. It’s time to start taking this threat seriously, and the American people have to be onboard and fully participate in all security measures. It will take focus, teamwork, resolve and vigilance. We cannot wait for the fuse to burn all the way down to that point when a plot becomes “specific, credible intelligence.” We should not be afraid, but we do need to come together and take action. Now, not after the detonation occurs on American soil.

- Casey Lucius is a Pacific Grove City Council member and Republican candidate for the 20th Congressional District.

Sunday, March 27, 2016 6:28 AM

Five candidates vie for Sam Farr's congressional seat.

If there's ever been a year in American politics for non-establishment candidates to gain real traction, this is it. 

Riding on the wave of the surprising campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, three people who are neither Democrats nor Republicans are running for Congress, and think they have a better shot than ever before. 
There will be five candidates on the ballot to replace U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, who is retiring after 23 years in Congress, and more than 40 years as an elected official. 
They are Jimmy Panetta, a prosecutor in the Monterey County District Attorney's office who lives in Carmel Valley; Pacific Grove City Councilwoman and former Naval Postgraduate School professor Casey Lucius, who resigned from her federal government job in order to run; Capitola ironworker Jack Digby; Joe Williams, who works at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz where he's the SEIU union steward; and Barbara Honegger of Carmel Valley, who ran against Sam Farr in 1993 and then went on to work as a writer at the Naval Postgraduate School for 15 years...

Five Candidates Vie For Sam Farr's Congressional Seat


Sunday, March 27, 2016 6:18 AM

Comparing Panetta, Lucius

Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta, both Navy veterans and both candidates for the 20th Congressional District seat, recently participated in a candidate forum in Carmel. Both had received six questions on foreign policy before the forum. Each candidate was allowed three-plus minutes to answer each question.

This format was very refreshing compared with the adversarial press conferences or debates of the presidential candidates. Both candidates had time to prepare.
Panetta did OK. However, he was outmatched by Lucius who has an M.A. degree in national Security Affairs and a PhD in Political Science. She also taught National Security Decision Making at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Panetta serves Monterey County as a deputy district attorney. Lucius serves on the Pacific Grove City Council.

It would be interesting to see how they perform on domestic and economic topics.

Marvin Jones, Hollister

Monday, March 14, 2016 7:49 AM

Turned off by politics as usual


No wonder people are so turned off by politics (“Squid squeals for ocean champions, but wonders why Congressional candidate Casey Lucius can’t be one too,” posted Feb. 29). Another reason to ignore endorsements and become educated on the issues and make your own decision. 

Russ Wilcox 

Monday, March 14, 2016 7:48 AM

Unintended endorsements?


In my mind, the fact that the lamebrain posse that is the local GOP leadership won’t support her is an endorsement with much greater value than an Ocean Champions snub. And witnessing the local king-making machine in action is a galling spectacle. I hope they’re not so presumptuous to think they can count on this Democrat’s vote because their boy is the heir apparent. 

Joe Livernois

Friday, February 26, 2016 8:31 PM

Casey's appearance on Let's Talk With Lou

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:34 PM

Who's who?

Who’s Who?

 I read the recent GT piece on the local Congressional race (GT 12/15), and was left a bit confused by the candidates’ positions. The (party-anointed) Democrat [Jimmy] Panetta made statements about achieving common ground, even if it means crossing the aisle, and facilitating desal plants by securing more federal funding. Casey Lucius, the only Republican—at least for now—states “my husband and I are vegetarians, animal advocates and environmentalists,” and appreciates the need for affordable housing to help people achieve the American Dream. Additionally, the Republican appears to have experienced a much less privileged upbringing than the Democrat.

 Do these two candidates need to switch parties? Or perhaps the voters should! As for me, I don’t have this dilemma—I’ve been a Green Party member for decades! This situation is a good example of how the Democratic Party no longer represents the interests of the common people in our country. Third parties are entering into positions of power in many countries in Europe recently. Hopefully, the time will arrive here soon!   

 Fred J. Geiger, Santa Cruz

January  27, 2016


Monday, February 22, 2016 10:34 PM

Panetta endorsement reeks of ‘good old boy’ network

Panetta endorsement reeks of ‘good old boy’ network

One need look no further than Ocean Champions’ endorsement of Jimmy Panetta to see the “good old boy” network in action. Although claiming to promote a “bipartisan approach” to ocean conservation, Casey Lucius was neither contacted nor interviewed; however, anyone passingly familiar with her positions and record knows of her advocacy for ocean conservation and marine life. From spearheading a plastic bag ban in her community, to working with local advocates to protect harbor seals during the pupping season, to promoting local regulations to protect the bay from stormwater run-off, she has repeatedly demonstrated a passionate commitment to the environment. Even her vegetarianism is motivated in part by factory farming’s role as a key driver of destructive algae blooms, ocean acidification and “deadzones.” It’s hard to believe these facts were considered, but the district’s voters should be able to tell the difference between a record of doing and one of talking.

— Kalman Weinfeld, Aptos

Friday, February 19, 2016 12:18 PM

Lucius' plan to fight Islamic State sound.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:53 AM

Vote for knowledgeable leaders, not the party


Vote for knowledgeable leaders, not the party

I attended the Feb. 8 forum with Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta (Feb. 9). I am an independent, so I came with an open mind. 

What a contrast. Both of them received the questions in advance. Panetta read all his answers behind a podium, even his closing statement. 

Lucius, on the other hand, stepped away from the podium and spoke without any notes and was clear, concise, thoughtful and outright brilliant with each answer. 

We have enough politicians who memorize and read scripts. We need bright, knowledgeable leaders. I have never been more impressed with an aspiring political leader than I was with Casey. 

The only way one could not vote for her is if they are beholden to the party line and no matter who they were, they would vote for them. 

It’s time to vote for the individual, not the party.

— Brant Bailey, Carmel Valley

Friday, February 12, 2016 8:08 PM

It’s time for a fresh, new person to be in Congress

It’s time for a fresh, new person to be in Congress

It’s time for a fresh, new person to be in Congress
I attended the Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta forum on Monday night and as I listened to Lucius and Panetta, I thought of the dynasty of the Farrs. Fred and Sam had control of our county for more than 30 years. 
Then came Leon Panetta. And now here is Jimmy trying to come in and create another dynasty.  Whoa! Isn’t it time to have some fresh person such as Casey in Congress? 

She’s got my vote.

— John King, Carmel

Friday, February 12, 2016 8:05 PM

High political office is not a birthright

High political office is not a birthright

High political office, as Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are now learning, is neither a birthright nor guarantee based solely upon a famous surname like Bush, Clinton, or even Panetta. A vote for Casey Lucius for 20th Congressional District representative will be a dynamic vote against the current ‘wrong direction’ this country is being taken by the Democrat Party. And now is not the time to send yet another wishy-washy party politician to Washington, D.C. Instead, a vote for Casey Lucius who is firm in her values and beliefs will make us proud instead of merely satisfied.

— Doug Nakashima, Watsonville

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 8:19 PM

Lucius makes strong impression at forum

Lucius makes strong impression at forum

"In Monday night’s forum, two thoughtful, genuinely nice, sincere and passionate candidates gave responses to questions about: United States/Israeli relations; what role the United States should play in Israel/Arab relations; how to deal with Russia’s aggression; how best to deal with the Islamic State; and what to do with the Sunni/Shia conflict in the Middle East (Feb. 9).

Jimmy Panetta did a decent job of reading his responses from behind the podium.

Casey Lucius demonstrated a clearly superior understanding of international politics and the Middle East. She stood away from the podium and spoke to the audience in clear sentences without once looking at prepared notes. She provided specific strategies and logic for each issue at question. She impressed a lot of people at the forum. She deserves some serious attention from voters as our representative in Congress.

The only low blow of the evening came when Panetta tried to tie Lucius to the Republican presidential candidates’ positions on Middle East refugees. Lucius handled the issue with grace, compassion and reason.

Jimmy might be leading the big money race, but based on Monday night’s forum I would prefer Lucius representing the 20th District in Congress."

— Dennis Allion, Del Rey Oaks

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Election 2016: Panetta and Lucius discuss foreign policy

Congressional candidates Jimmy Panetta and Casey Lucius squared off in a candidates forum Monday night heavy on Middle East foreign policy, outlining their views on everything from the U.S.-Israeli relationship and foreign aid to the worldwide refugee crisis and the fight against the Islamic State.



Monday, February 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Candidatos a Distrito Congresional 20

Monterey, CA (ENTRAVISION).- Los dos candidatos que buscan representar al Distrito Congresional 20 ofrecen sus puntos de vista políticos.

Friday, January 29, 2016 12:07 PM

Lucius will work across party lines


LETTERS (December 23, 2015)

Lucius will work across party lines

“Our country is in rapid decline due, in large part, to the fact that the citizenry no longer practices due-diligence when it comes to voting. We’ve allowed the majority of those who govern in Washington to transform the privilege to serve into a personal career employment opportunity. As such, the decisions they make are often self-serving rather than in the long-term best interest of the communities they serve.

The congressional seat that Ms. Casey Lucius is campaigning for has been occupied by a second-generation career politician for the past 24 years. Running against Casey is the son of another career politician. Whether you characterize this aristocracy as “the old boys’ network” or “a glass ceiling,” enough is enough!

With the upcoming election, voters have a chance to stop this nepotistic trend and elect a uniquely well-qualified non-politician who will work across party lines in our best interests rather than hers. Let’s send Casey Lucius to Congress!”

— Lorne Braddock, Monterey

Friday, January 29, 2016 12:04 PM

Political moderates reach consensus on key bills


LETTERS (December 19, 2015)

Political moderates reach consensus on key bills

“While The Herald’s recent editorial on “fear and rage” in the GOP offered some valid criticisms of candidate rhetoric in the presidential race, it told an incomplete tale. For too long politicians on the extreme left and right have used the politics of fear and rage to bamboozle voters. The left tries to convince voters that Republicans want to take away health care and Social Security from elders. The right often uses immigration and terrorism to suggest that Democrats are lax on security.

Few perhaps realize that the current Congress, which has been widely characterized as obstructionist and dysfunctional, has nevertheless passed several important pieces of bipartisan legislation, including an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the Girls Count Act of 2015, and most recently, a $1.1 trillion federal budget. Passage of such legislation is not accidental, but is the result of moderates from both parties who are willing to reach across the aisle to build consensus to get done the important work for which they were elected. If we want all our children to grow up in a country that is safe, prosperous, just and civil, then we as voters must reject the politics of division and fear. We must be willing to set aside preconceptions and biases, and seek to understand the issues and candidates’ positions and proposed solutions. And we must all be prepared to do the hard work of compromise and consensus building to advance amity and progress.”

— Casey Lucius, Pacific Grove

Friday, January 29, 2016 11:51 AM

Casey Lucius is an energetic, caring leader


LETTERS (January 18, 2016)

Casey Lucius is an energetic, caring leader

"As one who was honored to serve our country in the Army for most of my life, I want to respond to Dan Presser’s Jan. 17 letter, “What Congress Needs.” First, it isn’t what Congress needs, it’s what we the people need, here and all over America. Another political dynasty of Washington insiders doesn’t help. Second, this campaign has another veteran, Casey Lucius, whose multiple Navy front-line deployments provided tactical and strategic impact that any military professional would recognize. But VoteVet didn’t bother to talk with Casey Lucius.

During my career I was honored to work next to her as she promoted our nation’s interests in a tough foreign setting. Later, I saw her preparing our next generation of military leaders to meet a difficult future. She did this while working just as hard for our local community.

Casey’s military service, in and out of uniform, combined with her public service to our community, has tempered her into exactly the kind of energetic, thoughtful and caring young leader we need now to strengthen our community, and to protect our nation’s future in an uncertain world."

— Colonel Mark Brice Chakwin, USA(ret.), Pacific Grove

Thursday, January 21, 2016 10:12 AM

Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 tribute

Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:42 PM

Home Interview with KSBW

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:00 AM

The Hot Seat

The differences and similarities between Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta.  

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Congressional Candidate Lucius Talks Terrorism and Defeating ISIS

Monday, December 7, 2015 12:00 AM

KSBW: Casey's Plan on ISIS

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:00 AM

San Benito Link: Why I'm a Republican

Casey writes an op-ed to express her roots as a Republican

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:00 AM

KAZU 90.3

Hear Casey's top priorities in a radio interview today on KAZU 90.3

Friday, July 3, 2015 12:31 AM

The Californian -- Little-known PG councilwoman opens bid for Farr’s seat

I know your first inclination will be not to believe me, but I may have discovered something worthy of your immediately attention — a possibly sane Republican candidate for Congress.
I know, crazy, huh? Staggering even.Her name is Casey Lucius. She's 38 — soon to be 39 — and she is a member of the Pacific Grove City Council, to which she was elected in 2012.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 10:06 PM

Monterey Herald - Government Must Foster Economic Development

The Pacific Grove councilwoman, who said she is exploring a Republican run against Rep. Sam Farr in 2016, spoke Friday to more than 300 business types at the city Chamber of Commerce lunch. Her 10-minute speech to the crowd at the Inn at Spanish Bay spoke in general terms about broad topics related to business and government relationships.

Monday, June 15, 2015 12:50 AM

Kazu - Pacific Grove City Councilwoman Running for Congress

Pacific Grove City Councilwoman Casey Lucius will run for the Congressional seat currently held by Congressman Sam Farr.  The 20th District House of Representatives seat represents the Central Coast.

Monday, June 15, 2015 12:49 AM

KSBW - Pacific Grove city councilwoman running for U.S. Congress

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. —Casey Lucius, a Pacific Grove City Councilwoman and former professor at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, announced Monday that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives' 20th district.

Monday, June 15, 2015 12:42 AM

Monterey Herald - Pacific Grove Councilwoman Casey Lucius running against Sam Farr for Congress

“It’s time to step up with new ideas and a new generation of solutions,” Lucius said in a news release. “The traditional clash of ideologies has resulted in stalemate and non-representative government. The nation and the Central Coast should be represented by a person who can energetically lead and moderate, not follow partisan dictates.”

Monday, June 15, 2015 12:26 AM

Monterey County Weekly - Pacific Grove Councilwoman Casey Lucius announces run for congress.

“It’s time to step up with new ideas and a new generation of solutions,” Lucius says in the statement. “The traditional clash of ideologies has resulted in stalemate and non-representative government. The nation and the Central Coast should be represented by a person who can energetically lead and moderate, not follow partisan dictates.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Why Vietnam Should Hold Naval Exercises With U.S.

What are Vietnam’s options in its standoff with China over an oil rig in contested waters of the South China Sea? The WSJ’s Ramy Inocencio speaks with Casey Lucius, professor of security decision making at the U.S. Naval War College.

Friday, July 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Monterey Herald - Pacific Grove politician reaches out to constituents in unique way

A lot of politicians conclude their job becomes easier if they run from their constituents, but a Pacific Grove city councilwoman is taking a completely different approach to representation.

Casey Lucius, 37, is welcoming all comers to run (or walk) with her to discuss the issues they consider important to their city — an invitation she calls "Get Fit With Casey."
In an era when the most tempting temporary remedy to any problem is to let a call go to voicemail, Lucius says the concept emerged largely out of necessity in her own life: Too much to do, too little time.

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