San Diego County Voter Guide

This Election 2020 San Diego County voter guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity, and commitment to community.

Here you’ll find recommendations for:

  • President
  • Propositions
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Congress
  • State Senator
  • State Assembly
  • City Council

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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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President

  • Joe Biden(D) 
  • Donald Trump (R)  [Endorsed]

Propositions

To get an understanding of why we recommend the propositions the way we do, I have created a short video reviewing each proposition and the reasons why we say yes or no, along with some other detail you should find interesting.  You can watch the video HERE.  

14 vote NO

15 vote NO

16 vote NO

17 vote NO

18 vote NO

19 vote NO

20 vote YES

21 vote NO

22 vote YES

23 vote NO

24 vote NO

25 vote NO 


JUDICIAL RATINGS

Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy. Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda.

There are two types of judges. One is the “judicial activist.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they rule based on their own values

Judicial activists have:

  • Overturned voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature because they personally have different belief system. They twist the law to rationalize their decisions.
  • Imposed their own moral codes, political beliefs and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.

The second judicial philosophy, “strict constructionist,” is one in which the judge impartially arrives at a fair judgment based on law.

Judicial activists are usually more liberal; strict constructionists are usually more conservative.

1 being lowest, 10 being best. This is a 1-10 scale for Judge ratings.

HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING

We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.


Superior Court Judges

Office 30

  • Tim Nader – Rating 4
  • Paul Starita – Rating 7

U.S. Representative

49th District

  • Mike Levin (D) (Incumbent) 
  • Brian Maryott (R)

50th District

  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
  • Darrell Issa (R) 

51st District

  • Juan Hidalgo (R) 
  • Juan Vargas (D) (Incumbent)

52nd District

  • Scott Peters (D) (Incumbent)
  • Jim DeBello (R) 

53rd District

  • Georgette Gomez (D)
  • Sara Jacobs (D)

California State Senate

39th District

  • Toni Atkins (D) (Incumbent)
  • Linda Dealy Blakenship (R)

State Assembly

District 71

  • Liz Lavertu (D)
  • Randy Voepel (R) (Incumbent) 

District 75

  • Karen Schwartz (D)
  • Marie Waldron (R) (Incumbent) 

District 76

  • Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) (Incumbent)
  • Melanie Burkholder (R) 

District 77

  • Brian Maienschein (D) (Incumbent)
  • June Yang Cutter (R) 

District 78

  • Sarah Davis (D)
  • Christopher Ward (D)

District 79

  • Shirley Weber (D) (Incumbent)
  • John Moore (R) 

District 80

  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D) (Incumbent)
  • John Vogel (R) 

County Board of Education

District 1 

Mark Powell 

District 2

Tamara Rodriguez

District 4

Paulette Donnellon

Colleges

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Comm. College Area 3

Bartosz “Bartek” Murawski

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Comm. College Area 4

Jordan Gascon 

MiraCosta Comm. College Trustee Area 3

Chris Chen  

MiraCosta Comm. College Trustee Area 5

Andrew Reinicke 

Palomar Comm. College Trustee Area 2

Christian Garcia

Palomar Comm. College Trustee Area 3

David Vincent 

Palomar Comm. College Trustee Area 4

John Santhoff  

San Diego Comm. College Dist B

Daniel Piedra 

San Diego Comm. College Dist D

Mike Palomba 

Southwestern Comm. College Seat 3

William “Bud” McLeroy 

School Districts

Alpine Union School (Vote for 2)

Joseph Paul Perricone  Travis Lyon

Cajon Valley Union School Trustee Area 4

Karen Clark-Mejia 

Cajon Valley Union School Trustee Area 5

James Miller Jr. 

Cardiff School

No recommendation

Carlsbad Unified School Trustee Area 2

Elisa Williamson 

Carlsbad Unified School Trustee Area 3

Ray Pearson 

Chula Vista Elementary School Seat 2

Famela Ramos

Chula Vista Elementary School Seat 4

Doug Wolf 

Coronado Unified School (Vote for up to 2)

K. Mike Canada  Stacy Keszei

Dehesa School

Doris Rivas-Brekke 

Del Mar Union School (Vote for up to 2)

Marianne Grosner Kymberly Van Der Linden 

Encinitas Union School (Vote for up to 2)

Matthew Edward Wheeler

Escondido Union High Trustee Area 3

Christi Knight

Escondido Union High Trustee Area 4

Dane White 

Escondido Union School Trustee Area 3

Mark Olson 

Grossmont Union High Trustee Area 2

No recommendation

Lakeside Union School (Vote for up to 2)

Lara Hoefer Moir  Chuck Plante 

La Mesa-Spring Valley Area School Trustee Area 4

Sarah Rhiley 

La Mesa-Spring Valley Area School Trustee Area 5

No recommendation

Lemon Grove School (Vote for up to 2)

No recommendation

Lemon Grove School-Short Term

No recommendation

National School

No recommendation

Oceanside Unified School Area 5

Todd Maddison 

Poway Unified School Trustee Area A

Tim Dougherty 

Poway Unified School Trustee Area E

Cindy Systma 

Ramona Unified School (Vote for up to 2)

Dawn Perfect  John Rajcic 

Rancho Santa Fe School (Vote for up to 3)

Christopher Blatt  Rosemarie Rohatgi  Annette Ross 

San Diego Unified School – District A

Crystal Trull  

San Diego Unified School – District D

Camille Harris 

San Diego Unified School – District E

No recommendation

San Dieguito Union High Trustee Area 2

Leslie Schneider 

San Dieguito Union High Trustee Area 4

Michael Allman 

San Marcos Unified Trustee Area A

Joseph Lai 

San Marcos Unified Trustee Area B

Brian Epperson

San Marcos Unified Trustee Area D

Victor Graham 

Santee School Seat 2

No recommendation

Santee School Seat 4

No recommendation

Solana Beach School (Vote for up to 2)

No recommendation

South Bay Union School Trustee Area 3

No recommendation

Sweetwater Union High Trustee Area 2

No recommendation

Vista Unified Trustee Area 1

Matthew Simpson 

Vista Unified Trustee Area 4

William “Bill” Faust 

Vista Unified Trustee Area 5

John Murphy 

Warner Unified

No recommendation

County Offices

Board of Supervisors – District 1

No recommendation

Board of Supervisors – District 2

Joel Anderson 

Board of Supervisors – District 3

Kristin Gaspar 

City Offices

Carlsbad City Council – District 2

Keith Blackburn

Carlsbad City Council – District 4

Phil Urbina 

Chula Vista City Council – District 3

Henry A. Martinez, II  

Chula Vista City Council, District 4

Mike Diaz 

Coronado Mayor

Richard Bailey

Coronado City Council (Vote for up to 2)

John Duncan

Del Mar City Council (Vote for up to 3)

Daniel Quirk 

El Cajon City Council District 2

Michelle Metschel 

El Cajon City Council District 3

Steve Goble 

El Cajon City Council District 4

Phil Ortiz 

Encinitas City Council District 1

No recommendation

Encinitas City Council District 2

Susan Turney

Encinitas Mayor

Julie Thunder 

Escondido City Council District 2 Short-Term

Tina Inscoe  

Escondido City Council District 3

Joe Garcia 

Escondido City Council District 4

Mike Morasco 

Imperial Beach City Council District 2

No recommendation

Imperial Beach City Council District 4

Will Nimmo 

La Mesa City Council (Vote for up to 2)

Laura Lothian 

Lemon Gove City Council (Vote for up to 2)

Teresa Rosiak 

Lemon Grove Mayor

Jerry Jones 

National City Clerk

No recommendation

National City City Council (Vote for up to 2)

No recommendation

Oceanside Mayor

Christopher Rodriguez 

Oceanside City Clerk

Laura Richardson Bassett 

Oceanside City Council District 3

Ryan Keim

Oceanside City Council District 4

Peter Weiss 

Oceanside Treasurer

No recommendation

Poway City Council District 2

Barry Leonard

Poway City Council District 4

Caylin Frank 

San Diego Mayor

No recommendation

San Diego City Attorney

No recommendation

San Diego City Council District 1

No recommendation

San Diego City Council District 3

No recommendation

San Diego City Council District 5

Joe Levanthal 

San Diego City Council District 7

Noli Zosa

San Diego City Council District 9

No recommendation

San Marcos City Council District 3

Sharon Jenkins 

San Marcos City Council District 4

Ed Musgrove 

Santee Mayor

John Minto 

Santee City Council District 3

Laura Koval 

Santee City Council District 4

Dustin Trotter 

Solana Beach

No recommendation

Vista City Council District 2

Joe Green 

Vista City Council Dist 3

Amanda Rigby 

Other Offices/Districts

Alpine Fire Protection (Vote for up to 2)

Steve Taylor

Borrego Water District (Vote for up to 2)

No recommendation

Crest CPA

Ron Nehring 

Fallbrook CPA (Vote for up to 8)

Stephani Baxter, Lee De Meo, Thomas Harrington, Jacqueline Kaiser, Jim Loge, Roy Moosa and Jack Wood, Jr. 

Helix Water District Division 1

Douglas Sterling  

Helix Water District Division 5

Joel Scalzitti 

Leucadia Wastewater Division 5

No recommendation

North County Fire Division 1

Lee De Meo  

Olivenhain Muni Water Division 4

Kristi Bruce-Lane 

Olivenhain Muni Water Division 5

Edmund Sprague 

Otay Water District Division 2

Ryan Keyes 

Otay Water District Division 4

Hector Raul Gastelum

Otay Water District Division 5

Mark Robak

Padre Dam Muni Water Division 2

James Sly 

Palomar Health Division 2

Tom Kumura 

Palomar Health Division 6

Duncan Fane

Rainbow Muni Water Division 1 & 5

No recommendation

Ramona CPA

Dan Summers, Torry Brean, James Cooper, Debra Foster, Casey Lynch, Michelle Rains, Andrew Charles Simmons, Paul Stykel  

Ramona Muni Water Division 3

Thomas Ace

Rancho Santa Fe CSD (Vote for up to 2)

Deborah Plummer 

Rancho Santa Fe Fire (Vote for up to 3)

Jim Ashcraft  Nancy Hillgren

Rincon Del Diablo Water Division 5

Inki Kim Welch 

Santa Fe Irrigation Division 2

David Petree  

South Bay Irrigation

No recommendation

Tri-City Healthcare Division 1

Colleen O’Harra 

Tri-City Healthcare Division 3

Gigi Gleason 

Tri-City Healthcare Division 5

Leigh Ann Grass 

Tri-City Healthcare Division 7

No recommendation

Vallecitos Water Division 5

Hal Martin 

Valley Center Park & Rec (Vote for up to 2)

Carol Dale Johnson  Gina Roberts 

Valley Center Fire Protection (Vote for up to 2)

Carol Dale Johnson  Gina Roberts 

Vista Fire Protection Dist (Vote for up to 3)

Robert Fougner  Jerome “Jerry” Hill  John Ploetz