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Republican Party County Central Committee — Republican PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 20

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Joseph Grcar

Central Committee Member
1,456 votes (4.09%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make Alameda County GOP Great Again through county activities and candidate events
  • Reform the central committee by proportional representation of districts according to the number of Republican voters in each
  • Prevent PACs from laundering campaign contributions through the unauthorized use of the county party's name



Profession:computer scientist and mathematician
Ex officio member by virtue of running in the 2018 general election fo, Alameda County Republican Central Committee — Elected position (2018–current)
Executive committee member, Tri-Valley group of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the Sierra Club — Elected position (2019–current)
Member, HOA Architecture Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)


University of Illinois PhD, Mathematics (1981)

Community Activities

Member, League of Women Voters of the Eden Area (2018–current)


Having grown up in Minnesota and earning a doctorate in Mathematics from the University Illinois, Joe Grcar moved to the Bay Area forty years ago for a career in scientific research at the government ``energy'' laboratories in Livermore and Berkeley. He is the author of many scientific publications about computational mathematics, and more recently about mathematics education and the history of mathematics.


Joe became involved in politics when President Trump went down the golden escalator. 

He ran for California Assembly district 20 in 2018. For doing so, he became a member of the Alameda County Republican central committee and a delegate to the California Republican Party convention.

He applies his research skills to analyze what he saw there.


Joe is also an active member of the Alameda County Taxpayers Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Sierra Club.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I want our local politicians to put Southern Alameda County FIRST, but sadly, often they do not.

Position Papers

Political History of Alameda County


Alameda County and its once-leading city of Oakland have been amazingly consequential for American politics after World War II. We can thank the vanished old guard of the county Republican Party for prolonging a social order which gave us the Black Panther Party, block-busting, and white flight to the tri-valleys of San Ramon, Amador, and Livermore. The most divisive political battle in California history began and played out right here. Amazingly, the new guard of the county Democrat Party also followed Oakland-centric policies, though less successfully, which have left Alameda the poorest and most rapidly failing county of the Bay Area. Truly independent redistricting of supervisory districts are a faint hope to yank the county out of its downward spiral.

This is an hour-long talk. Please contact me topresent it at your group or event.

Recent History of the Alameda County Republican Party


In order to understand the county Republican Party it is necessary to know how county and state parties are legally organized, and how the tension between a pragmatic establishment versus an ideological grassroots has roiled California and county Republican parties since Reagan if not before. Because of the structure of the state party, its diminishing electoral success places greater pressure on county parties to root out grassroots members. This has produced epic conflicts within the Alameda party, including lawsuits to expel members, illegal campaign contributions, and even billionaires buying elections. You can’t make this stuff up, and it is still going on in our backyard.

This paper is 37 pages long. Please contact me for a copy, or to present the paper in a talk to your group or event.

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