Experience That Works For YOU

A long-time Escondido resident, I’ve worked tirelessly to keep our community vibrant and strong.

  • Leadership in the local non-profit sector;
  • Past chairmanship of the Palomar Health Board of Directors;
  • Current service as a trustee of an east Escondido school district (San Pasqual).
  • I’ve earned my reputation as a hard-working, dedicated, and energetic professional through my many years of public service, as a business leader, and as a compassionate, nonprofit executive.

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My vision is simple — homes, jobs, & community for Escondido residents. I plan on doing this by:

ENSURING that there is enough safe & affordable housing in the heart of Escondido. That includes smart housing developments that minimize fire risk and rely on existing water resources and related infrastructure.

ATTRACTING businesses that will contribute to the growth of middle-class jobs. I will also promote economic development by streamlining the paperwork process for small businesses; and

MAXIMIZING the resources in Escondido that create a strong sense of community for everyone. Whether it’s expanding the Senior, sports and recreation programs, promoting neighborhood watch initiatives, or supporting the expansion of health care services.


My husband, Richard, and I have been married for 15 years, and have been blessed with two children. Taryn is a middle school student and Deklan is in elementary school. As a family, we enjoy sports and can be found most weekends watching our kids’ soccer games. Having completed my BA in 1991 at Providence College, and received my MSW degree from SUNY at Stony Brook with a concentration in Policy, Administration & Research, I’m here to stay.


In addition to an accomplished professional career in service, I’ve chosen to serve the Escondido by running for and being elected to the Palomar Health District Board of Directors, 2014-2018.

As your advocate

I worked tirelessly and successfully to preserve patient and family’s legal rights to make end-of-life decisions.

As your neighbor

I worked in collaboration with Palomar’s providers of homeless services to ensure indigent people weren’t returned to the streets of Escondido.

As your organizer

I brought innovative mental health treatment models to Escondido such as the state-of-the-art Crisis Stabilization Unit.

As your budget-savvy leader

I negotiated deals to save $50 million of district tax-payers money through bond refinancing.

With my leadership skills combined with a thoughtful approach to the daunting challenges in our community, I’ve been lucky to be elected as Chairperson on the Palomar Board for three terms.

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“I believe I can help my city a little bit better in the city council. This is a very vulnerable area. I am pro-development but it has to be reasonable and smart.”
- Dara Czerwonka

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This November, will you join me?

Dara Czerwonka For Escondido City Council

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DISTRICT 3  (East Escondido And Downtown)

Dara Czerwonka

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Dara Czerwonka

Escondido City Council, District 3
Escondido, California
FPPC #1418935