San Diego County turned a deeper shade of blue in 2018, setting records for Democratic voter registration, volunteerism, and candidates running. Following is a recap of San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) campaign activities and some notable election results.
ORGANIZATION AND OUTREACH
- The SDCDP supported 140 local candidates in the General Election – our largest and most diverse group yet, of whom 65% were non-incumbents and 55% were women.
- Democratic registration is at an all-time high, with 145,000 more Democrats than Republicans now registered countywide.
- This year the SDCDP spent more than $3 million to communicate with voters about our candidates.
- More than 1,000 SDCDP volunteers made nearly 200,000 contact attempts with local voters, including door-knocks, phone calls, and text messages.
- GO Team volunteers distributed more than 100,000 doorhangers with the official Democratic slate of candidates.
- SDCDP sent personalized slate mail pieces to more than 300,000 Democratic households.
- Thanks partly to digital ads promoting our online Voter Guide, traffic on our website in the month leading up to Nov. 6 was three times greater than in the same period in 2016.
- With turnout just over 66% countywide (vs. 45% in the last midterm election), 69% of the SDCDP’s endorsed local candidates won their races.
- After Mike Levin’s election in the 49th Congressional District -- adding to the new House majority -- 4 out of 5 members in our Congressional delegation will be Democrats.
- Nathan Fletcher’s landslide win in County Supervisorial District 4 gives Democrats a seat on the Board.
- Dr. Jen Campbell’s win in San Diego City Council District 2 will create a Democratic supermajority that can override a mayoral veto.
- Democrats will hold a new council majority in Escondido with the election of Paul McNamara as Mayor and Consuelo Martinez as City Councilmember.
- Democrats will hold a new council majority in Carlsbad with the elections of Barbara Hamilton and Priya Bhat Patel as City Councilmembers.
- Tasha Boerner Horvath won the pickup in the 76th Assembly District, contributing to the Democratic supermajority in that house.
- With the passage of Measure D, all county-level elections will now require runoffs with larger electorates voting in November.
- Matt Brower as Superior Court Judge
- Alejandra Sotelo Solis as Mayor of National City
- Dr. Akilah Weber as La Mesa City Councilmember
- Jody Hubbard as Encinitas City Councilmember
- Randy Walton as San Marcos City Councilmember (with newly elected Maria Nuñez, an independent)
- Paloma Aguirre as Imperial Beach City Councilmember
- Corinna Contreras as Vista City Councilmember
- Victor Roy as Oceanside Treasurer
- Charda Fontenot and Rebecca McRae on the La Mesa–Spring Valley Elementary School Board
- Georgine Tomasi on the Escondido Union School Board
- Hector Martinez in the South Bay Irrigation District (making it an all-Democratic Board)
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- Ammar Campa-Najjar (CD 50), Marggie Castellano (SD 36), and Sunday Gover (AD 77) all came close to beating their incumbent opponents.
- The City Councils in Encinitas and Imperial Beach are now all-Democratic (joining Solana Beach).
- Democrats won a majority on the Fallbrook Union High School Board.
- The Fallbrook Union Elementary School Board is now all-Democratic.
- Kate Schwarz-Frates was the top vote-getter for Fallbrook Health District and will be the only Democrat on the Board.
- All eight of the stateweide Democratic candidates won San Diego County.
Final election results for San Diego County can be found at www.sddemocrats.org/results.