2018 Election Results: Our Members Made History!

Nationally, with several races still yet to be called, it is a foregone conclusion that we won the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Senate is an entirely different conversation.

Several club members traveled to Nevada a few weeks ago to canvass for Jacky Rosen, and we’re happy to say we did our part there. Congratulations to Senator-elect Rosen!

Statewide, Gavin Newsom was elected Governor, and we elected the first woman Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

Xavier Becerra, Alex Padilla, Betty Yee, and Fiona Ma were all easily elected and re-elected, respectively.

LGBT history is being made, as Ricardo Lara looks to become the first statewide LGBT elected official in California as our next Insurance Commissioner!

The only statewide candidate whose election may come down to the wire with soon-to-be-counted provisional and absentee ballots is Tony Thurmond. Unfortunately, he is trailing in his election for Superintendent for Public Instruction.

It looks like we have taken back our two-thirds super-majority in the State Senate with the possible elections of current Assemblymember Anna Caballero, and health care advocate Melissa Hurtado in Central Valley elections. A handful of elections look like they may come down to the wire in the State Assembly, however Democrats will maintained their super-majority status — it’s just a question of how many more seats will it be.

Locally, Mike Levin has won the hotly contested 49th Congressional District race, and Tasha Boerner Horvath has won the 76th Assembly District race. With 80% of the precincts reporting and still plenty of votes, provisionals, and absentees left to count, Sunday Gover is slightly behind in the 77th Assembly District.

Nathan Fletcher was overwhelmingly elected the the County Board of Supervisors, and Matt Brower unseated controversial birther judge Gary Kreep!

The biggest story of the night has to be the unexpected races for the San Diego City Council!

This election in San Diego was a change election. Simply historic.

Longtime club member Dr. Jen Campbell trounced Trump Republican Lorie Zapf by a resounding 11-point victory, on her way to become the THIRD LGBT member of the San Diego City Council!

San Diego will have more LGBT members of our city council than any other major American city, outside of New York and Chicago. Words can’t describe how groundbreaking this is.

It also means we have won a veto-proof super-majority on the San Diego City Council — something that may give Mayor Faulconer major heartburn in his final two years in office.

Also, it appears that our club’s endorsed candidate Monica Montgomery pulled off a victory against City Council President Myrtle Cole in District 4! Monica is currently ahead by 9 percentage points.

It’s important to note that no city council incumbent has been defeated in San Diego in over 25 years.

Last night, two went down to defeat and likely for similar reasons. Those communities have spoken and had their voice heard loud and clear — they wanted change!

In another hotly-watched campaign, longtime club member Vivian Moreno is ahead in her bid for City Council in District 8. She fought a tough race against hard odds, and unnecessary negative ads from our own party. Vivian is a fighter. She won, and she’s going to be dynamite on city council.

On Voice of San Diego’s elections podcast the money quote was: “You know what one group really got this right? That San Diego Democrats for Equality club. They picked Vivian, Monica Montgomery, and Jen Campbell and helped recruit her for that race.”

Our club got these elections right, when so many others were unsure or hedged their bets.

Elsewhere throughout the county, our endorsed candidate Craig Milgrim becomes the FIRST LGBT elected to the San Diego Community College District. Sean Elo is also slightly ahead in his race.

Carlsbad: our endorsed LGBT candidate Cori Schumacher is behind in her Mayor’s race, but there’s an incomplete count of the votes.

Encinitas: our endorsed LGBT candidate Joe Mosca is leading for city council in District 4.

Imperial Beach: our endorsed candidates Serge Dedina was overwhelmingly re-elected as Mayor, and Paloma Aguirre looks like she has been elected to an open seat.

La Mesa: With an incomplete count as of now, it’s a mixed bag for our endorsed candidates. It looks like Dr. Akilah Weber has been elected, but we are hopeful that Dave Myers can come from behind to take the second seat, and become the FIRST LGBT elected official in East County.

National City: our endorsed candidate Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is leading for Mayor. Despite an incomplete count as of yet, Mona Rios and Jose Rodriguez still have a shot to come in the top two for both city council seats.

One of our club’s priority measures — Measure D — which would follow the city in forcing top-two elections for countywide offices into November elections, was overwhelmingly passed by voters.

Measure E (SoccerCity) went down in flames, and Measure G (SDSU West) looks like it passed.

We can’t overstate how amazing some of these results are.

Congratulations to all those who ran, and a BIG thank you to all those who stepped up to run.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality