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Delecia Holt was a Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 52nd Congressional District (map) of California. She was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.). She lost in primary elections which took place on June 3, 2008. 
Biography of Delecia Holt A Proven Conservative Businesswoman, Sociologist- Researcher, Intelligence Security and Statistical Analyst, Philanthropist, Author Delecia’s Grandmother struggled successfully along side others during the civil rights movement to register African-American voters and other minorities in the segregated South whom were being denied their civil rights. After increased violence in this part of the country which culminated with the assassination of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. her family relocated to Colorado.
Delecia worked to put herself through school, was married nearly 15 years and is raising her 8 yr. old daughter and 16 yr. old nephew. She is a small business owner, is a mortgage lender and real estate investor (she is a member and supporter of several Republican organizations (Lincoln Club, The Reagan Club, Presidential Round table Commission, 2005-present Member, Republican Presidential Task Force (Platinum), 2005-present Member, National Republican Senate and Congressional Committees, 2005-present Member, Republican National Committee, 2004-present), the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), various community organizations such as Filipino American Caucus, Filipino American Law Enforcement Colalition, Ethiopan and Eritrean Communities, Japanese American Coalition, etc. As well as local, state and national real estate trade boards (e.g. MLS, D.R.E., C.A.R., N.A.R., W.C.R., Sandicor, etc.).
She has been in San Diego since 1983 and knows the communities well. As a small business owner she has employed 15-25 employees at any given time in her retail shops, restaurant, architectural firm, civil engineering (where she worked as a sub-contractor with the City of San Diego and CCDC to revitalize downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, Normal Heights, North Park, helped to develop most of North County and the Mira Mesa and Sorrento Mesa areas, she knows this County intimately).
As a Mother and owner of IPP Realty and Mortgage company ad several other small businesses, Delecia understands the needs that young people entering the work force, families, employees and business owners (large and small) are faced with everyday. Delecia feels a deep desire to serve our Country and give back to those identified as needing assistance, especially our children, military personnel, law enforcement, teachers, nurses, firemen, veterans and our aging population. She believed that becoming involved in the field of Sociology, through child and family counseling would afforded her the chance to do so.
A chance meeting in the Sociology department of San Diego State University changed her life forever. In June 1996, she completed her formal training as a Sociologist with an emphasis in Applied Research (statistical analysis) at San Diego State University, during which she was offered a position as a research interviewer at San Diego's Children's Hospital's Child and Family Research Center under the direction of renowned Researcher and Professor Dr. Richard Hough, where she worked for nearly two years on various bilingual projects such as the "Healthy Families Project" which began as a pilot study in Hawaii, and San Diego and after much proven success in the identification of children and families at risk of medical and physical neglect. She assisted with the data collection and program design for intervention programs. This pilot study soon flourished into what California now knows as the "Healthy Families and Healthy Kids" child abuse prevention and medical insurance programs.
During this time she also worked on various state and federal social research programs such as SAMHSA's Drug Abuse Study, the DHHS, (RTI) Research Triangle Institute, and many others. She worked on various Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) programs for Los Angeles County with the Veterans Administration (a member of AmeriCorps) as a substance abuse and mental health counselor for male and female homeless, veterans of foreign wars at the Long Beach V.A. Hospitals' K-2 Ward and the Villages at Cabrillo and for the Orange County Social Services Dept. where she ran an intervention program for substance abusing mothers whom had their children removed from their care due to AOD use or child neglect and or abuse. While working for Riverside County Dept. of Social Services (in the Research Dept.) she identified the heavy methamphetamine problem that county was dealing with and took the initiative to developed the TAFT program for Riverside County's Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) needs-based treatment intervention for parent's/caregiver's engagement program and study (parts of which are being implemented throughout the county today). The TAFT program was designed to be a unique partnership of public and private agencies and researchers addressing the urgent need for timely intervention with Parent(s)/Caregiver(s) affected by substance abuse, state and federal child welfare agencies, and Cal Works/TANF services.
Delecia's books include "Schizophrenia, Adolescent Behavior, Juvenile Delinquency, and Violence-Is There A Correlation, Chocolate Covered Bananas, Chocolate Covered Adventures cookbook, Chocolate Covered Turkey, Chocolate Covered Christmas, Chocolate Covered Adventures-Tyco's Search For The Ark of the Covenant, A Return To You Getting The Strength You Need Now, Protecting Our children From Predators-, Leaving Abuse Behind, etc." She also has written numerous articles such as "Suicide-Who Has The Right To Label Your Behavior, Los Angeles Riots-A Collective Behavioral Approach - on the Los Angeles Riots and how collective behavior influences otherwise individual thinking persons, substance abuse and mental health treatment for mothers and other family members. (see Amazon.com)
She has addressed audiences in settings ranging from public and private research symposiums, state and federal agencies regarding intelligence security concerns, first responder strategies for cities, states and the nation, social security reform, MediCare reform, health care participation programs, welfare reform, veterans housing and medical care implementation programs and immigration and INS reform policies.
She is Founder of the "Treehouse Foundation", an educational support fund for schools in California whereby she ,other Realtors and mortgage lenders donate monies from the proceeds of a sale or purchase to their local schools to assist with teacher salaries, special programs, books and other educational materials for the classrooms, to create or retain theatre programs, music programs, art programs, literature- library books, science programs, purchase of computers, etc. for the schools and was Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter's troop. To date we have donated in excess of $65,000.00 since it's inception in September 2004.
In addition, she has worked for various government think tanks such as The Rand Corporation as a research interviewer on several research studies that asked the question how those that live in particular Los Angeles communities define their neighborhoods and how their individual definition impacts the choices they make in their everyday lives (e.g., where they choose to live, shop, levels of education obtained, medical access or lack there of, religious beliefs or philosophies, whom they choose to interact with; what races or genders they deem friendly, how they see themselves, how they see others, etc.). She had written a journal piece on The Los Angeles Riots and how collective behavior played a major role in the vigilante behavior exhibited by many involved in the riots and what they expressed as feelings of a sense of disenfranchisement. The previous study captured those feelings of isolationism and warned of such possible events if left untreated (this could be inferred to all communities throughout the United States of America, especially with what we have seen with the illegal immigration marhces throughout the Country).
Delecia believes that understanding the hearts and minds of those that wish to harm the people of the United States of America is key to detecting hostiles within our midst or abroad and preventing future hostile attacks against the people of America. As, hostile events that occur on foreign soil have a direct correlation with one another and with hostile attacks against the United States of America (e.g., terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens, 1979 terrorist attack of the Israeli and American athletes in Munich, 1980s terrorist attacks on American embassies and American allies, 1980s Iranian taking of American hostages, 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (and the captured Imam stating that although unsuccessful this time, they would be successful the next time), Mogadishu terrorist attack on U.S. peace keeping forces, 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United flight 93, terrorist train bombing in Spain, Terrorist attacks in France, terrorist tube bombing in Britain, terrorist attacks in Jordan, etc.)).
...No country lives in a vacuum; we are all affected by terrorism as we were all affected by the genocides carried out by the Nazis under Hitler's regime. Americans stood up to be counted then and Americans are standing up to be counted now!..." Delecia Holt, 50th District Congressional Candidate, April 10, 2006
Holt was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) in the 2008 congressional elections. She lost in primary elections which took place on June 3, 2008. 
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Committees and affiliations
Holt is a member and supporter of several Republican organizations (Lincoln Club, The Reagan Club, Presidential Round table Commission, 2005-present Member, Republican Presidential Task Force (Platinum), 2005-present Member, National Republican Senate and Congressional Committees, 2005-present Member, Republican National Committee, 2004-present), the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), various community organizations such as Filipino American Caucus, Filipino American Law Enforcement Colalition, Ethiopan and Eritrean Communities, Japanese American Coalition, etc. As well as local, state and national real estate trade boards (e.g. MLS, D.R.E., C.A.R., N.A.R., W.C.R., Sandicor, etc.
Holt will be assigned committees if and when she is elected to Congress. With Holt's diverse background she would be a natural fit on any of the following Committees: Committee on Agriculture Committee on Appropriations Committee on Armed Services Committee on the Budget Committee on Education and Labor Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee on Financial Services Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee on Homeland Security Committee on House Administration Committee on the Judiciary Committee on Natural Resources Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Rules Committee on Science and Technology Committee on Small Business Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Veterans' Affairs Committee on Ways and Means Joint Economic Committee Joint Committee on Printing Joint Committee on Taxation House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
More background data
Who is Delecia and why is she running for the 53rd District:
My name is Delecia Holt and my nickname is "Mother Theresa" - I am often chided because I have never smoked, drank alcohol, used drugs, or been permissive. But, don't let the nickname fool you, I’m human and have faults, like everyone else. I do have one vice. I love flavorful foods and coffee. Since I grew up in a family of modest means I had to learn to cook the foods I could not afford to purchase at expensive restaurants. Thus, I have become an excellent cook (hint, hint). I enjoy good food, good friends and insist upon a good dose of laughter in my daily life. I am tough, but I always attempt to be fair
You may recall that I was the only female, Republican candidate that ran in the 50th Congressional District in 2006. I learned a great deal about myself and others and am thankful for the experience, it has made me a better person and has humbled me in ways I could have never imagine, mainly due to the thousands of people I met and spoke to face-to-face. I am grateful for their support and conversation.
I am what many would call a conservative; I believe in the institution of marriage and plan to remarry in the near future (after I find a suitable man). I strongly support the 2nd Amendment, amongst others and continue to fight passionately for the rights of children, teenagers, college professionals, business owners, the elderly, our military and their families, our veterans, our men and women whom serve us locally and nationally and anyone who feels that they have been left out, left behind or just forgotten about.
I am most passionate about and dedicate my service to our MEN and WOMEN that serve in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and classified personnel with names that we will never know, those courageous few that "...stand on a wall and say; nothings going to hurt you tonight. Not on my watch..." (A Few Good Men)
I believe that serving as your Congressperson is my way of taking up the cause and paying forward the promise of freedom; so painfully bestowed upon us through the ultimate sacrifices of all those that have gone before us, because they loved this Country.
I promise you, when I am in Congress, I will never forget that they are our Children, Husbands, Wives, Mothers, and Fathers. They are our family and we must do what is right to protect them and bring them home safely while protecting this country!
On May 16, 2006 - I announced my candidacy to represent the 53rd District of California in Congress as a Republican. I have lived and or worked in San Diego since 1983. My family has a long tradition of serving our country in the armed forces. I have been asked to serve this district and am excited by the support I have received, and I would be honored to have your support as well.
My campaign is not about Democrat, Republican, or Independent politics or personal ambition; it has and always will be about serving you with honesty, integrity, and compassion. I would appreciate it if you would take some time to explore this Website, read about me and my family. I was married to an Ethiopian for nearly 15 years. I believe in marriage and have strong family values. I look forward to re-marrying in the near future (hint hint). I have one daughter and am raising my nephew (my surrogate son). Everyone who knows me says I have an infectious laugh. I deal with stress by laughing out loud, playing tennis, reading books, authoring books, swimming, biking, watching movies, playing games with my children, playing baseball, soccer, painting, journaling and taking a moment to appreciate a sunset or just drive up the coast, to enjoy the scenery. I believe that a good meal and the company of friends can cure any stressful day.
I am one of 12 children and most of us married someone born in other countries. My family has been blessed by these marriages and the cultural diversity they bring to our lives. My family is composed of Africans, African-Americans, Arabs, Arab-Americans, Asians (Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos and Vietnamese), Asian-Americans, Caucasian-Americans, East Africans (Egyptians, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Somalis), Italians, Jews, Latin-Americans (Mexican), and others. I am Puerto Rican and African American and my daughter is Mexican, African American and Puerto Rican. So, the issue of effectively, dealing with illegal immigration touches my family on a personal level, as we still have family members that live in Mexico and other foreign countries that travel to and fro. I was taught to celebrate diversity and learn from the life experiences of others.
We might remember that : Everyone has a story to tell. We just have to listen; to learn.
With that said, I do not believe in "illegal immigration" as I work in the field of intelligence security analysis and I am sworn to uphold the laws of the U.S. Constitution (see the 14th Amendment). Because, my highest priority is your safety, we must make certain that the new immigration laws are fair for everyone.
As a small business owner, a homeowner who has lived in this district and a civil designer who participated in the redevelopment of this district (and most districts throughout San Diego County), I have a special fondness for the 53rd due to the myriad of cultures that thrive and breathe life into this wonderful community. I think you will find our experiences are similar and I hope this website will allow you, your family and friends to learn more about why I feel so passionate about the future of the 53rd District, and how you can get involved in making that future a reality by supporting my efforts to become the congressperson that actually, works for you!
As your Congresswoman, I will take the same passion that fuels my everyday life to Washington,D.C. and use it to serve the incredible people of the 53rd District. If elected, I can assure you that I will be a positive leader that works in a non-partisan manner and put your needs above the desires of any lawmakers, lobbyist or special interest groups. I will serve you and your family with honesty, integrity, compassion and answer, only to you!
I care about, what you care about!
I have a proven history of serving others in my public and private lives and will continue to serve you and your family with the same passion and unwavering principles I have exhibited throughout my career. I am a very hard worker, an over achiever and don't mind putting in long hours to work towards securing our borders, stopping illegal immigration, protecting our children, ensuring equal rights for every citizen, providing superior and inexpensive medical services and educational programs for all citizens, providing our military personnel, law enforcement and veterans the assistance they need and making certain that the needs of all Americans residing in the 53rd District are provided in a professional and timely manner.
My team and I will work diligently for you and your family.
The 53rd District requires a Congressperson that has a passion for life and understands that all life is precious and is to be cherished and celebrated. That our military monuments (Mt. Soledad Cross), our sovereignty and individual rights are to be protected now and in the future. That everyone's life experiences are valuable and if looked at in the spirit of compassion can afford us all the strength, moral fiber, the integrity, the ethics, and virtues needed to persevere in times of controversy. I have always worked hard, done the best job possible, and worked with others to be a part of the solution. I do not believe in wasting people's time, as life is too short and time wasted is never recaptured.
Since 9/11, I have spent my life working as an intelligence security analyst to make certain that our families are safe. I ask you to join me in this critical responsibility and vote for me during the 2008 election so that we may provide this district the leadership it deserves. Please email my website link to everyone you know and tell everyone you know to join us for our fundraisers, at forums and ask them to vote for me during the 2008 election. Throughout our tenure, we will be raising monies for our armed forces via organizations such as "the USO, and the Threehouse Foundation, Jessica's Law, Child Abuse Prevention Programs, etc. so come out and get to know us a little better while having fun and supporting your community (most are tax deductible).
Thank you for getting to know me on a more personal level. I appreciate your time and know how valuable you are to this community and this country and apreciate your patriotism.
Please contact me personally by email or phone to discuss your concerns. Try and get use to having a representative that responds to you personally. My team and I would be honored to serve you and your family. If you choose to send me to Washington, D.C. in 2008, stop by your 53rd District office at the U.S. Capitol and say hello to my staff and me. We look forward to seeing you and your family in D.C., because we care what happens to you!
Your family, is my family! Thank you for your time, Delecia Holt, Republican Congressional Candidate-53rd District (San Diego, CA.)
Delecia Holt to Congress
P.O. Box 881735, San Diego,CA. 92168 or
P.O. Box 6701 Laguna Niguel,CA. 92607
Articles and resources
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 “California 2008 General Election”,“The Green Papers”, June 4, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on California’s 53rd Congressional District
- ↑ Delecia Holt's official 2008 website
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:California and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 “California 2008 General Election”,“The Green Papers”, June 4, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on California’s 53rd Congressional District
- ↑ Delecia Holt's official 2008 website
- 2008 Race Tracker page on California’s 53rd Congressional District
- Delecia Holt's official 2008 website