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Ron Packard


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Congressional Pictorial Directory (GPO)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1982 Write-in CD-43 66444 Win
11-06-1984 Republican CD-43 165643 Win
11-04-1986 Republican CD-43 137341 Win
11-08-1988 Republican CD-43 202478 Win
11-06-1990 Republican CD-43 151206 Win
11-03-1992 Republican CD-48 140935 Win
11-08-1994 Republican CD-48 143570 Win
11-05-1996 Republican CD-48 145814 Win
11-03-1998 Republican CD-48 138948 Win

Candidate Biography:

Ronald C. Packard
Born: January 19, 1931 in Meridian, Idaho
Married: Jean
Children: Seven
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:
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Packard has seven children.