Have you ever thought about running for local office? This is the time. We need Democrats representing the values and priorities of real people in our community -- on city councils, school boards, and other local agencies where any registered voter can campaign to be elected and volunteer to serve.
In East County San Diego, Democrats are making steady progress. We're leading in voter registration in the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and El Cajon, with Santee on track to turn "blue" this year. Even in more Republican areas, we've seen that voters will support local Democratic candidates who stand for working people, quality of life, fairness, environmental stewardship, and other values that we share.
We are recruiting candidates for dozens of offices in East County where no Democrat has filed to run. We know from experience that in some of these races, there won't be more candidates than there are open seats, so simply qualifying for the ballot is enough to get elected. But we can't win unless people like you step up to run.
The candidate filing period for the November 2020 election is open July 13 through August 7 (for most races, that's extended through August 12 if an incubent declines to run). While the filing process is fairly easy, time is of the essence. The San Diego County Democratic Party is here to answer questions, help candidates through the steps, and then provide tools and services to elect the Democrats we endorse.
If you'd consider becoming a candidate, click here to see which districts you're eligible to run in. Then review the list of East County offices below where we still need one or more candidates. Our Frequently Asked Questions page has more information on what to expect as a potential candidate. To proceed, click the button below, fill out your contact information on the following page, and a Democratic Party representative will contact you to answer questions and guide you through the steps if you decide to run.
WIth our national government dangerously out of touch, now is the time to make sure we have good Democrats like you stepping up to lead -- including in these very local offices that have a direct impact on day-to-day life. Our East County communities deserve better than local governments dominated by Trump-loving Republicans.
The change we need can begin with you.
- Alpine Union School Board (2 seats)
- Borrego Springs Unified School Board (3 seats)
- Cajon Valley Union School Board (Area 5)
- Dehesa School Board (2 seats)
- Julian Union High School Board (2 seats)
- Julian Union School Board (3 seats)
- La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board (Areas 4, 5)
- Lakeside Union School Board (1 seat)
- Mountain Empire Unified School Board (Trustee Areas 2, 7)
- Ramona Unified School Board (2 seats)
- Santee School Board (Seat 4)
- Warner Unified School Board (3 seats)
- Alpine Community Planning Board (8 seats)
- Alpine Fire Protection Board (1 seat)
- Borrego Water District (1 seat)
- Borrego Springs Community Planning Board (2 seats)
- Borrego Springs Fire Protection Board (3 seats)
- Boulevard Community Planning Board (2 seat)
- Canebrake County Water Board (4 seats)
- Descanso Community Planning Board (3 seats)
- Grossmont Healthcare Board (Zone 1, 2, 5)
- Jamul / Dulzura Community Planning Board (7 seats)
- Julian Community Planning Board (4 seats)
- Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection Board (3 seats)
- Lakeside Community Planning Board (8 seats)
- Lakeside Fire Protection Board (2 seats)
- Lakeside Water Protection Board (Divisions 1,4,5)
- Majestic Pines Community Services Board (3 seats)
- Otay Water Board (Division 5)
- Padre Dam Municipal Water Board (Division 4)
- Potrero Community Planning Board (5 seats)
- Ramona Community Planning Board (8 seats)
- Ramona Municipal Water Board (Divisions1,3, 5)
- Spring Valley Community Planning Board (7 seats)
- Valle de Oro Community Planning Board (8 seats)
- Wynola Water Board (2 seats)
List updated on 8/04/20