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Local Newly Elected Democrats Have Taken Office

After months of organizing and campaigning, our local Democrats who were elected in November have now all been sworn in, stepping into roles from city halls to the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of the officials new to their positions replaced incumbent Republicans; some highlights are listed below. These Democrats joined many others now serving on city councils, school boards, and special district boards throughout the county. With the campaigns behind them, their important work of policymaking and public service now begins. You can read about additional local election results at

Here are some noteworthy Democratic pickups in 2018:

  • Nathan Fletcher got sworn in as the only Democrat on the County Board of Supervisors on Monday, January 7. As his first act on the Board he proposed assistance to asylum-seekers and got consensus from the board to fund a series of measures. 

  • Our new State Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath was sworn in for the 76th State Assembly District and was also named Assistant Majority Whip.

  • Mike Levin took his oath as 49th Congressional District Representative, replacing Darrell Issa, who had held the seat since 2003.

  • Superior Court Judge Matt Brower was sworn in on Thursday, January 10 after defeating incumbent Gary Kreep. 

  • Mike Schaefer was elected to the state Board of Equazation to represent District 4, replacing Republican Diane Harkey in a district spanning San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. 

​Other noteworthy re-elections and appointments: 

  • Assemblymember Todd Gloria won reelection in the 78th District and was re-ppointed as Assembly Majority Whip. 

  • Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher also won reelection in the 80th District and was reappointed as Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

  • San Diego City Councilmmber Georgette Gomez was elected Council President by her colleagues, presiding the first majority-women council in the city's history.