Ronald C. Packard
Born: January 19, 1931 in Meridian, Idaho
Military Service: USN
1962–1974: Trustee, Carlsbad Unified School District
1976-1978: Member, Carlsbad City Council
1978-1982: Mayor, City of Carlsbad
1982: Primary Candidate for CD-43 (Lost; 16.5%)*
- In 1982, Packard lost the nomination by just under 100 votes out of 69,000 votes cast in the Republican Primary.
- Packard won the 1982 General Election as a write-in candidate, becoming only the 4th person in the history to be elected to Congress as a write-in. Only five California candidates have won a partisan office as a write-in candidate, and Packard was the most recent. Before Packard, the last winning write-in candidate was George A. Wilson in 1958.
- PLACENAME: State Route 78 is officially named the "Ronald Packard Parkway". He was the primary person responsible for the improvements made to the State Highway Routes 76 and 78. - Source: cahighways.org
- Be Fruitful and Multiply: Packard has seven children.