I’ve been searching for ways to highlight many of the local down-ballot candidates who readers might not be aware of. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by internet and tv ads touting big-name candidates for major offices, and when the time to fill in the ballot arrives, a bunch of unfamiliar names makes filling in many bubbles a crap shoot.
Today, I’m going to list women running for local offices as Democrats in San Diego County, along with basic contact information when available, going you the opportunity to learn more. While I hope to provide additional coverage on some of these candidates, there is simply no way I’ll get to all of them.
While there is nothing guaranteeing a woman running for office will be a better choice (every group has its outliers), I can say with certainty we certainly can’t do worse than we are these days.
This listing is about more than just the contests for the seats in the fall election. It’s also about building a better pool of candidates for the future. And, as much as the media likes us to want to believe in (s)heroes coming out of the blue, the reality is those good stewards of the public trust usually come up through the ranks.
Women are running for office in increasing numbers, thanks–I think–to the implied and intentional misogyny of the Trumpanistas. On a national level, Politico reports “A flood of women, minorities and first-time candidates is poised to radically alter the composition of Congress next year after winning Democratic primaries in record numbers in 2018.”
White males are actually a minority among Democrat House nominees for the general election. 180 female candidates won House primaries — shattering the party’s old record of 120, according to Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics.
Republicans can hardly contain their misogyny, as they envision a wave of nastiness overwhelming their female opponents. I suspect their testosterone-laced blinders don’t allow them to grasp what’s going on.
Republicans have seized on many of these first-time candidates, hoping to personally disqualify them this fall. The Congressional Leadership Fund, the flagship GOP House super PAC, rolled out more than a dozen TV ads in recent weeks, detailing everything from arrest records to sexual harassment allegations against the wave of new candidates.
But some Republican strategists acknowledged that the unprecedented number of female candidates could put the GOP further on defense in the general election.
Female candidates attract female suburban voters, “who are not trending toward us right now,” said Mike Noble, a Republican consultant based in Arizona. “Those suburban women are a key bloc that we’re tracking, and they’re not big fans of Trump.”
Not all the candidates listed in this article are endorsed by the party, and a listing here does not imply endorsement by the San Diego Free Press.
I’m sure there are others of the non-partisan progressive persuasion or non-endorsed Democrats, and if you’ll reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’ll add you to this list. (Sorry, Republicans. Not this time.)
What I’ve done here is to attach a link (where available) to each name leading to more information. Sometimes it’s a candidate’s web site; sometimes it’s Facebook page, and there are a few candidates whose names link to media accounts describing them.
Once again, if I’ve missed a better place for information on a candidate, reach out to me directly.
State Legislative Offices Representing San Diego
District 36: Marggie Castellano
Community College Boards
San Diego Community College Board
District A: Maria Nieto Senour
Boards of Education
Area 1: Veronica Williams
Chula Vista Elementary
Seat 3: Leslie Bunker
Escondido Union Elementary
Area 4: Georgine Tomasi
Grossmont Union High
Area 3 Stacy Begin
San Pasqual Union Elementary
San Ysidro School District
South Bay Union Elementary
Area 2: Carol Weise Herrera
City & County Offices
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
District 5: Michelle Gomez
Chula Vista Mayor
Chula Vista City Council
District 2: Jill Galvez
Coronado City Council
Encinitas City Council
District 3: Jody Hubbard
Imperial Beach City Council
La Mesa City Council
Lemon Grove City Council
National City Mayor
National City Council
Poway City Council At-Large Seat
Santee City Council
District 1: Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield
Special District Boards
Linda Carol Greer, Vanessa Gutierrez
San Dieguito Community Planning
Division 2: Laura Mitchell
Valle de Oro Community Planning
Catherine Gerhart, Kouwthar Muhssan Cookie
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