Candidates in Full Campaign Mode as Election Voting Nears
By Matt Adams
Voters are just two weeks away from being able to weigh in on the June Primary Election. Mail ballots are set to drop on Tuesday, May 7th which means candidates have stepped up their efforts to reach voters through email, social media and door to door. San Diego City Councilmembers Lorie Zapf, Chris Cate and Myrtle Cole seek new 4-year teams against a list of challengers, and voters in District 8 will get their first chance to determine who will replace term-out Councilmember David Alvarez. There will be no Primary victories as in past elections when candidates could win the seat outright with 50% of the Primary votes. Under new city council rules the top two finishers in each race move on to the November General Election.
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The San Diego Board of Supervisors will get new faces for the first time in over two decades with the departure of 4th District Supervisor Ron Roberts and 5th District Supervisor Bill Horn. Both step aside due to term limits with five hopefuls (Bonnie Dumanis, Omar Passons, Nathan Fletcher, Lori Saldana and Ken Malbrough) vying for the District 4 seat and four candidates (Jerry Kern, Jim Desmond, Jacqueline Arsivaud and Michelle Gomez) competing in District 5. Any candidate winning with 50% of the vote in June takes the seat, otherwise the top two finishers move on to a November General Election runoff.
Voters in Chula Vista will cast district ballots for Mayor and City Council. Mayor Mary Casillas Salas seeks another four years and has three challengers. District 2 voters will decide among six candidates to replace termed out Councilmember Pat Aguilar. As with the City of San Diego, the top two finishers will face a runoff in November. Voters will also decide whether to raise their sales tax by ½ cent to hire police and firefighters. Measure A increases the sales tax to 8.75% and could generate up to $17 million annually.
The BIAPAC will soon release its Campaign 2018 Primary Voter Guide with candidate and ballot measure recommendations.