Barring a surge in uncounted provisional ballots, coastal North County voters will choose among two Democrats to fill the 76th Assembly District seat in November.
It’s an unprecedented situation, noted UC San Diego political science professor Thad Kousser, in that this historically Republican stronghold has not seen Democrat face Democrat since the state went to a top-two primary system for Assembly races in 2012.
It’s a little more difficult, without significant additional research, to say when was the last time this particular patch of California coast, stretching from Encinitas through Camp Pendleton, has chosen Democratic representation.
Still, it’s clear that it has been a very long time since this seat has gone to a Democrat. That result is virtually guaranteed in 2018.
“It’s pretty clear from the results we saw Tuesday that the North County coast has been transformed from a Republican area to a Democratic one,” Kousser said.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, activist and journalist Elizabeth Warren of Oceanside leads with 25.6 percent of votes cast. Encinitas City Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath was second with 25.15 percent.
Coast News published the following story about the recent MiraCosta College forum for 76th District State Assembly candidates. http://www.thecoastnews.com/candidates-stake-positions-at-76th-assembly-forum/
"Warren broke from fellow Democrat Boerner Horvath to express opposition to the tax.
'So I’m probably the only Democrat in California who is opposed to the gas tax,' Warren said. 'I think we need to go somewhere besides people who have no choice but to commute, small businesses who have to get their goods from one place to another, people who are working very hard who live in Escondido, but work in the coastal cities and have to commute every single day.
We are nickel and diming working people and small businesses into poverty,' she said."
Thanks to the Carlsbad/Oceanside/Vista branch of the American Association of University Women for the shout out in April's newsletter!
Published today at VoxPublica:
"This list of candidates has been compiled through the efforts of members of the California Super-Progressive Anti-Corporate Political Activists Facebook group, a coalition of Bernie delegates and super-volunteers, progressive members of the California Democratic Party and Green Party activists. While there may be other corporate-free, progressive candidates running for office, these are the candidates that have received the most support."
Read more here:
Thanks to OpEdNews.com for covering this national story about California's own Elizabeth Warren - and Potential Presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg's endorsement!
April 2, 2018
So Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg walk into a bar the Monday after Easter. The crowd is mostly millennial; polka music is playing, beer flowing, and Polish sausages being eaten en masse. As revelers raise the roof, political hopefuls and incumbents alike swing into full campaign mode: glad-handing, speech-making, combing crowds for potential supporters. Political capital is flowing faster than beer.
This is not a joke--this is the real thing! ...