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About Our Club

Our club was formed in January 2016 to help elect Democrats to public office and to foster the Democratic ideals of inclusiveness and fairness for all our citizens.


Board of Directors

Keith Mikas, President

As an unsuccessful candidate for San Diego City Council in 2016, Keith Mikas learned a lot about what’s needed to win a local election. Which is exactly what the president of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club will be sharing – and plans to have others share – to encourage members to run for open positions in 2018 and beyond. Keith’s commitment certainly fits with the club’s mission to help members connect with one another, learn about political issues and Democratic values, and help elect Democrats to public office.

“This is a great time to help people understand what’s involved in running for political office.” Keith cites fundraising as a critical component, and he’s hoping that speakers like State Senator Toni Atkins will inspire others and mirror Keith’s experience in that running a campaign “is incredibly more challenging than I expected, but extremely rewarding.”

“We want to help elect people to public office. And we want everyone to know that there are Democrats up here in North County.”

Steve Natoli, Vice President
Steve Natoli voted twice for Hillary Clinton during the fall of 2016. And both votes were legal, the second coming as a member of the Electoral College (earned through his efforts in Tulare County politics and recognition with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the county’s Democratic Party).
Steve was then a history professor at College of the Sequoias. He and wife Joan moved to Rancho Bernardo a year ago, and today he continues his political activism as the newly elected Vice President of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club.

Steve holds bachelor degrees in History and Political Science (from Claremont McKenna College) and graduate degrees in Education (Claremont Graduate School) and History (Cal State Fullerton). His book, Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism Is Right for America, is available on Amazon. The inspiration for that book, by the way, came six years ago during a trip to Rancho Bernardo to see one of his and wife Joan’s two daughters – and a visit to the Barnes & Noble bookstore. Ask Steve to tell you about it.

Jana Johnson, Treasurer
Jana Johnson, the Treasurer of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club, holds bachelor degrees in Music (Long Beach State) and another in Computer Science (San Diego State). Those degrees led to her work as a professional flutist and key positions at Logicon, SAIC, and Predicate Logic, where she produced military communication systems.

After the birth of the first of her two children, Jana transitioned into her third profession as a full-time mom, though she continues to maintain a still-busy schedule. In addition to her position with the RB Dems, Jana is a member of the Poway Democratic Club and the Action Leader for the Triple L’s (Liberal Ladies Lunch) Action Group. She’s also an active follower of Poway Unified School District politics, as well as national politics, and prepares some newsy action e-mails.

Jana lives in Poway with her husband, Mark, and teenagers Carina (a student at Poway High) and Reid (a junior at UC Berkeley).

Sunny Escovedo, Secretary

Jason Bercovitch, Co-Chair, Political Action Committee

Terry Norwood, Chair, Education Committee
Terry Norwood is a responsible and compassionate neighbor who has lived in the Westwood community of Rancho Bernardo for 17 years. She has a degree in
Organizational Leadership which suits her well in her community advocacy work for over 25 years. Terry has traveled the world with her husband John, a retired naval officer, and returned to San Diego specifically to retire in Rancho Bernardo because of its unique camaraderie and schools. Terry has two children that graduated from PUSD.

Terry has served on the PUSD School Site Council, the District Advisory Committee, and is a past PTSA President. Terry has also served as Military Family Ministry Coordinator, Elder/Deacon Nominating Committee at RBCPC, championed a stop sign on a main thoroughfare in Westwood, and coordinated a petition ensuring Palomar College heeded Westwood requests. Terry is currently a member of the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board and is president of the Rancho Bernardo Neighborhood Watch program. Terry’s passion is strengthening families and communities.

Hugh Rothman, Chair, Communications Committee
Hugh Rothman is a UCSD alum with 32 years of industry experience as a software engineer. He was the Director of Grassroots Organizing for the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) from 2016-2018 and is an elected member of the SDCDP Central Committee representing the 77th Assembly District. Hugh also represented the 77th district as an ADEM from 2014-2016. He also was a charter member of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club and served as its first Vice-President.

Additionally, Hugh is a member of the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board and the Rancho Bernardo Spirit Of The Fourth Committee. He was also a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Council from 2015-2019 and the Rancho Bernardo Recreational Council from 2017-2019. Hugh recently got married and lives in Rancho Bernardo with his wife Ilene and son Marc.

Jody Tadder, Events and Facilities Committee Chair

Jody Tadder is from Columbus Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Broadcasting Journalism degree. Her first job after college was in Baltimore MD, and she traveled the US for “Romper Room” (a famous children’s TV program).

Jody married a photographer and together they built a successful commercial and sports photography business in Baltimore. While raising three sons she joined the League of Women Voters and was bit by the “good government” bug. After 38 years in Baltimore they are all mostly here in San Diego – seven grandchildren.

– Joined League of Women Voters (LVW) in 1960 and met JFK!
– Community activist in leadership roles in Baltimore
– Selected for Internship by IBM Baltimore, remained for 11 years in marketing computer systems
– Joined local LWVs in San Diego in 2000– held various offices
– Started a government contracting business selling furniture to military bases in San Diego – “Furnishings Plus”
– 10 years as President of local chapter – “Foundation Fighting Blindness” –active with the Lions Club RB
– Active in Clairemont Democratic Club and GO Team prior to moving to Oaks North in Rancho Bernardo, and joined the GO Team here


For More Information Contact

Keith Mikas, Club President, or any of the board members listed above.


Club Address:

Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club
PO Box 270191
San Diego, CA 92198-2191

2 Responses to Contact Us

  1. janine hogg says:

    do you have regular meetings? if so, when do you meet?


    • The RB Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m.
      on the fourth Monday of each month except July and December at
      The Remington Club II, 16916 Hierba Drive, San Diego 92128
      (Behind Vons)

      At 6:30 p.m. socialize with fellow Democrats and
      enjoy coffee and home-made cookies. Attire is casual.


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