November 3rd, 2020 General Election Voter Guide

Democratic Socialists of America San Diego’s Electoral Working Group has published the following voter guide for the November 3rd, 2020 general election.

  • Candidates endorsed by the chapter are presented in RED BOLD TYPE
  • The rest are pragmatic voting recommendations, NOT endorsements.
  • Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

FEDERAL 

US President:

  • We don’t have a recommendation for President, but Howie Hawkins and Gloria La Riva will be on the ballot.

US Congress:

  • 49th Congressional District: Mike Levin 
  • 50th Congressional District: No recommendation
  • 51st Congressional District: No recommendation
  • 52nd Congressional District: No recommendation
  • 53rd Congressional District: No recommendation

STATE

State Senate:

  • 39th District: Toni Atkins 

State Assembly:

  • 71st Assembly District: Liz Lavertu 
  • 75th Assembly District: Kate Schwartz 
  • 76th Assembly District: No recommendation
  • 77th Assembly District: No recommendation
  • 78th Assembly District: SARAH DAVIS, chapter-endorsed
  • 79th Assembly District: Shirley Weber 
  • 79th Assembly District: Lorena Gonzalez 

COUNTY

County Board of Supervisors:

  • District 1 Nora Vargas 
  • District 2 No recommendation (two Republicans)
  • District 3 Terra-Lawson Remer 

County Board of Education:

  • District 1 Gregg Robinson 
  • District 2 Guadalupe Gonzalez 

EDUCATION

Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College Board:

  • Area 3 Julie Schorr is the Democrat in the race
  • Area 4 Elena Adams is the Democrat in the race

San Diego Community College Board:

  • District B Bernie Rhinerson is the Democrat in the race
  • District D Mary Graham is the Democrat in the race

San Diego Unified:

  • District A Sabrina Bazzo 
  • District D No recommendation
  • District E Two Democrats in race, either is acceptable

Vista Unified:

  • District 4: Cipriano Vargas

Fallbrook School District:

  • Ricardo Favela

Encinitas Union School District:

  • Christian Adams
  • Marlon Taylor

Escondido Unified:

  • District Area 1: Douglas Paulson
  • District Area 3: Joe Muga

Chula Vista Elementary School District Board:

  • Area 2: Lucy Ugarte was endorsed by the teacher’s union

Palomar College Trustee:

  • District 2: Nina Deerfield

HEALTH AND WATER 

Vallecitos Water District Board:

  • MATT CORRALES (chapter-endorsed)

Palomar Hospital Board: 

  • TERRY CORRALES (chapter-endorsed)

Fallbrook Regional Health District:

  • Stephanie Ortiz

MUNICIPAL 

San Diego City:

  • Mayor: No good candidates
  • City Attorney: No recommendation, but Mara Elliot is especially bad
  • City Council District 1: No recommendation
  • City Council District 3: Stephen Whitburn 
  • City Council District 5: Marni von Wilpert
  • City Council District 7: Raul Campillo
  • City Council District 9: Sean Elo 

Chula Vista:

  • City Council District 3: Democratic Party endorsed Steve Padilla
  • City Council District 4: Andrea Cardenas 

Vista:

  • City Council District 2: Liz Perez
  • City Council District 3: Katie Melendez

Oceanside:

  • City Council District 3: Kellie Davis
  • Measure M: Vote no

Carlsbad:

  • City Council District 2: No recommendation

Escondido:

  • City Council District 2: Vanessa Valenzuela
  • City Council District 4: Andres Yanez

Encinitas:

  • Mayor: Katherine Blakespear

MEASURES

  • City of San Diego
    • Measure A: Bond for affordable housing 
      • No position
    • Measure B: Creates Commission on Police Practices (San Diegans for Justice)
      • Yes
    • Measure E: Removes height limit around Sports Arena
      • Yes
  • City of Oceanside
    • Measure M: Pot shop tax
      • No
  • San Diego Unified
    • Measure C: District-only elections for school board
      • Yes
    • Measure D: Procedure to remove school board members
      • Yes

STATE PROPOSITIONS

  • 14 – Bonds for stem cell research
    • No position
  • 15 – PROP 13 SPLIT ROLL
    • Yes – Endorsed by our chapter
  • 16 – Affirmative action (repeals Prop 209)
    • Yes
  • 17 – Restores voting rights to felons on parole
    • Yes
  • 18 – Allows seventeen-year-olds to register to vote
    • Yes
  • 19 – Tax assessment transfers and inheritance
    • No
  • 20 – Changes to state sentencing
    • No
  • 21 – Repeals Costa-Hawkins 
    • Yes
  • 22 – Repeals AB05
    • No
  • 23 – Dialysis clinics
    • No Position
  • 24 – Amends California Consumer Privacy Act
    • No
  • 25 – Replaces cash bail
    • Yes