February 21, 2024
From prime left to decrease proper: Carl DeMaio, Andrew Hayes, Kevin Juza, Jack Fernandes, Pleasure Frew and Christie Dougherty

By Mike Allen

Politics makes unusual bedfellows. That is definitely true within the seventy fifth Meeting race, which has attracted a discipline of six candidates, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Incumbent Marie Waldron is termed out this yr, making this an open seat.

In the previous couple of weeks, tv viewers have seen advertisements for essentially the most recognizable and funded candidate, Republican Carl DeMaio, at his most combative, railing in regards to the mess on the southwest border.

It closes with photos of him alongside Democrat Kevin Juza, who has the endorsement of the state’s Democratic Social gathering and massive labor backing.

“I’ve no connection to (the advert) in any respect,” Juza mentioned. “He’s chosen me to run in opposition to within the major. … As my grandmother at all times mentioned, ‘Be careful what you want for.’”

Within the deeply pink district — which incorporates a lot of East County, the cities of Poway, Santee and components of San Diego — the expectation is the highest two finishers in March would be the finest identified: DeMaio and longtime aide to state Sen. Brian Jones, Andrew Hayes, additionally an elected member of the Lakeside Union College District board.

DeMaio, who didn’t obtain the endorsement of the county Republican Social gathering, clearly desires to see Juza make the top-two finisher reduce and get rid of Hayes, so he can skate within the November normal election. He declined to touch upon the advert.

This might be DeMaio’s fourth run at public workplace right here. He moved to San Diego from the East Coast within the early 2000s, organising two assume tanks geared toward holding native authorities accountable, however serving to him achieve mounds of publicity.

In 2008, he was elected to the San Diego Metropolis Council and served one time period. In 2012, he positioned second in a five-person major for San Diego mayor, however was defeated within the normal election by a Democrat with even stronger identify recognition, Bob Filner, who beat him by 5%.

In 2014, DeMaio misplaced to Democrat Scott Peters for Congress, and in 2020 misplaced within the major for the congressional seat held by Darrell Issa.

DeMaio could be the front-runner, however there’s a ton of entrenched funding backing Hayes, as evidenced by the continual move of mailers to registered voters’ mail bins.

Whereas DeMaio tries to color Hayes as gentle on unlawful immigration, Hayes touts his conservative credentials laced with many photos of Donald Trump.

Each candidates are spending closely, and data are prone to be damaged for this seat. Via the top of January, DeMaio reported elevating one other $210,000 to deliver his complete contributions to greater than $1.1 million together with a $100,000 private mortgage. Hayes reported contributions of greater than $623,000.

Right here’s an outline of the six candidates — DeMaio, Hayes, Juza, Jack Fernandes, Pleasure Frew and Christie Dougherty — and their causes for in search of workplace.

Carl DeMaio

Expertise: Earlier than working for public workplace, DeMaio based Reform California, a political motion committee geared toward making vital adjustments to each state and native governments. The committee’s web site says it “represents 50,000 donors who give a mean of simply $67 per yr.” That interprets to $3.35 million yearly. After he misplaced the San Diego mayor’s race, he took up a radio host gig at KOGO-AM 600, a submit he left final yr after asserting his candidacy.

Of Reform California, on which he sits as CEO, DeMaio says, “We’ve constructed a statewide grassroots motion devoted to shaking up the political system and making authorities work for the individuals — not the particular pursuits.”

Objectives: DeMaio has been combating in opposition to the closely Democratic-dominated state Legislature he says has been imposing insane and damaging insurance policies on residents with obvious acquiescence from what’s left of the Republican opposition. He vows to vary that dynamic.

Accomplishments: He mentioned his group has led many efforts to cease tax hikes and maintain politicians accountable together with one which thwarted a Sacramento proposal to impose taxes primarily based on the quantity of auto miles pushed.

Endorsements: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Affiliation, Latino American Political Affiliation of San Diego, California Faculty Republicans.

Andrew Hayes

Expertise: Hayes took a depart from a longstanding job as an aide to state Sen. Brian Jones. Beforehand he was an aide to former State Sen. Joel Anderson. In 2018, he was elected to the Lakeside college board and is the present president.

Objectives: Hayes listed his three primary targets as selling guardian involvement within the academic course of, implementing fiscal duty and making a extra business-friendly atmosphere, and supporting regulation enforcement to fight a rising crime wave within the district.

Accomplishments: He emphasizes his lifelong residency in East County, saying “no person within the race understands the district the best way I do. My roots on this district, mixed with my expertise as a problem-solver for constituents and president of the Lakeside college board, give me a front-row seat to the issues attributable to Sacramento.”

Endorsements: Republican Social gathering of San Diego County, California Republican Social gathering, Deputy Sheriffs Affiliation, San Diego Police Officers Affiliation, Affiliation of Builders and Contractors and lots of different organizations and elected officers.

Kevin Juza

Expertise: Democrat Juza works as a enterprise guide. He’s run for elected workplace twice earlier than, shedding for Poway college board and Poway Metropolis Council.

Objectives: “My prime precedence is to deliver actual sources dwelling from Sacramento to assist AD 75’s working households. This implies investing in initiatives right here that can present well-paying union jobs and alternatives that reap the benefits of the potential of our district.”

Accomplishments: “Over my 25-year profession, I’ve labored in each sized enterprise, from a number of Fortune 500 corporations to my very own small enterprise. In 2018, after over 20 years in company America, I made a decision to take the reins and dwell my dream: as a guide, serving to founders and their groups maximize their potential.”

Endorsements: California Democratic Social gathering, California Labor Federation, California Younger Democrats, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council and others.

Jack Fernandes

Expertise: After passing the California bar, Republican Fernandes mentioned he launched a number of profitable biotech corporations together with Regenica Biosciences and, not too long ago, Machine Bio.

Objectives: “Jobs and firms are leaving San Diego at document speeds whereas the common San Diegan is being taxed into oblivion. When I’m elected, that ends. Our new period begins.”

Accomplishments: Apart from his entrepreneurial achievements, Fernandes serves on the board of the Cabrillo Nationwide Monument Basis.

Endorsements: San Diego Constructing Trades and IBEW; additionally GROWElect, a PAC devoted to supporting Latino Republican candidates.

Pleasure Frew

Expertise: Democrat Frew is a retired income officer, U.S. Division of Treasury, 17 years; Washington State Division of Social and Well being Companies; Los Angeles County Division of Public Social Companies. “I understand how authorities works. I’ve labored for county, state and federal governments.”

Objectives: A founding father of the Fallbrook Local weather Motion Staff, Frew says she desires to work “with different educated local weather activists within the Meeting and the state of California, to make our grid extra resilient and extra regionally sustainable. We have to cease turning over our “energy” to Investor-owned utilities like SDG&E and PG&E, who cost extra to customers for power than some other state within the U.S.”

Accomplishments: Frew mentioned she grew up working in her immigrant household’s print store, and earned her faculty diploma whereas working a number of jobs. As a longtime member of the Fallbrook Democratic Membership, she helped elect greater than 20 Democrats to native places of work prior to now decade, and has been a delegate to the state Democratic Social gathering since 2017, and editor of a free e-newsletter that reviews on native businesses.

Endorsements: The final two Democratic nominees for AD75, Kate Schwartz (2020) and Alan Geraci (2018), and in addition the chair emerita of the California Environmental Caucus, R.L. Miller, Well being Take care of All-California and the Middle for Freethought Equality.

Christie Dougherty

Expertise: After serving a hitch within the U.S. Navy, Dougherty earned bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from SDSU, and has labored as a instructor.

Objectives: “My promise to you, the voter, is to proceed to do what I’ve completed all my life — work onerous to make a distinction.” In her questionnaire for Ballotpedia, she states: “My get together affiliation, to me, signifies that I prioritize well being care, schooling, equality, the fitting of a girl to have a selection over her physique, and local weather crises (insurance coverage) issues. I’m bored with the polarization of politics and the benefit at which misinformation has unfold and created rifts between good individuals. As an educator, I worth enter from individuals, analysis from consultants, and truth checking. I see no cause why with endurance and all of the instruments we’ve as we speak, we can’t get collectively to fix these rifts and search options.”

Accomplishments: “I’ve labored onerous all my life, from my first job at 12 to enlisting in the US Navy at 18. As a veteran, I utilized the GI Invoice, and have become the particular schooling instructor I’m now.”

Endorsements: None listed.

Mike Allen writes for East County Journal, a member of the San Diego On-line Information Affiliation, the place a model of this report first appeared.