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City of El CajonCandidate for City Council

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Ben Kalasho

Chamber Commerce President
8,015 votes (12.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 1. REFUGEES - Work closely with state department to ensure that anyone coming isn’t a terrorist and will embrace American Values!
  • 2. SALES TAX - Lets lower our sales tax to compete with Santee, Lemon Grove & Chula Vista to keep residents shopping local.
  • 3. HOMELESSNESS - Introduce a plan to get homeless persons jobs such as street cleaning and graffiti removal.




Wikipedia Bio on Ben Kalasho, 



Ben Kalasho is not only the founder & president of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant but is also more famously known for being the Founder & President of the Chaldean American Chamber in the State of California. The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has been dubbed the fastest growing business group in San Diego. Ben also founded N-PIN, a global fundraiser which raised large funds for victims who escaped ISIS held territories. He is the man behind San Diego’s most extravagant Masquerade Ball known as the Royals Masquerade Masquerade Ball whereby the goal of that event is raising toys for less fortunate children in East County. Mr. Kalasho’s latest creation is MEGA NETWORK, a TV media outlet based in San Diego bringing relevant news and important topics to the larger Middle Eastern Community on Youtube. Please help me welcome Ben Kalasho and his wife the Director & Producer of the Miss Middle East Pageant and star of Posh Panache an online show which show cases trendy hot spots, talent and ideas, Jessica Kalasho!   


Early life, education, and business career

Ben Kalasho was born in Baghdad, IRAQ of Chaldean/Assyrian heritage. His father, Ghazwan Kalasho, was a hotel owner as well as a prominent business man in IRAQ. He was born a Christian and is the middle of 6 children. He has a brother, Brandon Kalasho and four sisters, Yvonne Kalasho, Bessma Kalasho, Ellen Kalasho & Rhonda Kalasho. 

He attended UCSD (Ext.) where he studied economics. Ben Kalasho left school to pursue a career in Real Estate and investments. As a right hand to his father, Ben was intimately involved in all aspects of the family owned businesses. His wits and passionate personality proved him to be a very successful businessman in San Diego. Ben Kalasho now runs San Diego’s fastest growing business group.  


Early political Life

He volunteered in many local and national campaigns throughout his life. Ever since he was 18 years old, Ben dedicated his time and energy to beautifying his local community and has been an advocate for government transparency.  In 2012, he was urged to run for office after hundreds of El Cajon residents wrote him direct letters and emails. After his official announcement to run for office, he quickly obtained the endorsement of Teachers, Police, Elected Officials and Community Leaders. Ben was facing a challenging race, as there had not been a minority elected to the El Cajon Council since the 1980’s. Ben lost his bid for council by less than >1%. He continues to stay active and has amassed a huge following. He has been urged to run for higher office because of his passion, eloquence and his innate talents for problem solving. Ben Kalasho also speaks 4 Languages: Arabic, Sureth, English, Spanish. 



In a speech in 2012, former California State Senator Waddie Deddeh announced Ben Kalasho as the Liaison of the Chaldean American Community in El Cajon.


The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 

He is the Founder and President of the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. A vision he had for the Chaldean/Assyrian community for over a decade. Currently the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing business group in San Diego. 


The Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA

He is the Founder and President of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant of California. His goal and vision was to empower Middle Eastern women and break the stereotype and rumors of being passives in his community. The Pageant has grown to house it’s own board and committee with Mr. Kalasho as President. The Pageant is conducted every April, and usually has over one thousand people in attendance as well as all major TV and Media outlets. 


MEGA Network

MEGA Network was created by Ben Kalasho as a means to engage young Middle Eastern Progressives into Middle Eastern affairs and politics. The Mission of this Network is to conduct a proper news channel in English with a no holds barred attitude. Delivering unedited, honest and non partisan news to viewers worldwide. The official launch of this network is 7/1/15. 




Achievements & Goals

Ben Kalasho has earned endorsements and recommendations from local, national and international officials and organizations. He received an award from the East County Small Business for Job Creation. Mr. Kalasho has numerous awards in Marketing and Business from the National Small Business Association, Chambers of Commerce and notable Networking Organizations. He received recognition from State Senator Joel Anderson, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Congressman Ron Paul, State Assemblyman Brian Jones and Local Law Enforcement. He was the honorary speaker at the annual Assyrian/Armenian/Greek Genocide, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Center in El Cajon. His goal is to unite the Assyrian and Chaldean communities under the commonality of oneness. 




Personal Life

He is currently married to Jessica Deddeh, a professional in the dental field going on to pursue a second degree in accounting. Jessica is also the Producer of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA. As well as a host on the popular show POSH PANACHE. 







Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy






Chamber of Commerce President


"The most important issues for El Cajon residents are that our families live in a clean and safe community. I will ensure that our taxes and fees are justified and spent effectively".


BEN knows El Cajon’s concerns first hand. He will work to insure that immigrants coming to El Cajon are vetted and will work to uphold American Values. 


BEN is the Founder & President of the fastest growing Chamber of Commerce in San Diego. 


BEN considers El Cajon a city of opportunity for business. He will work to attract new businesses and create more jobs for El Cajon residents as he has done throughout his successful Organizations. 


BEN went to school in East County and studied Economics at the University of California San Diego. He has been a local community leader for over 12 years.


BEN will be a councilman concerned about public issues, not politics. He is supported by local elected officials from all Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. More importantly, he is supported by thousands of local residents.



BEN is walking door to door and is working hard to earn your vote. A vote for BEN is a vote for the kinds of results that renew El Cajon and your neighborhood! 619-663-7710

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