San Diego County Voter Guide

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This Election 2018 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:

  • Governor
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

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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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  • : Our endorsed candidate won.
  • : Our endorsed candidate lost.

General Election Recommendations

November 6th, 2018

Statewide Offices


  • John Cox (R)  
  • Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor

  • Ed Hernandez (D) 
  • Eleni Kounalakis (D)  

Important voting note:

Many are recommending Ed Hernandez to “strategically limit” evil. Why? Eleni Kounalakis is a socialist and probable governor/presidential candidate in the future. She is a powerful, more appealing Bernie Sanders. It would be best to defeat her now. Ed will never advance to a higher office.

Secretary of State

  • Mark Meuser (R)  
  • Alex Padilla (D)

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R)  
  • Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer; California

  • Fiona Ma (D)
  • Greg Conlon (R)  

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R)  
  • Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Steve Poizner (I)  

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Tony Thurmond (D)
  • Marshall Tuck (D)  

U.S. Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein (D)  
  • Kevin de Leon (D) 

Important voting note:

Many recommend Dianne Feinstein over Kevin de Leon to “strategically limit” evil. They dislike the thought of voting for her, but de Leon is a socialist anti-family candidate. If elected, he could run another one or two terms. Feinstein will never run again. In addition, de Leon could be a vice presidential candidate – our first total socialist. He must be defeated and stopped from being senator for the next 18 years.

Judges (For Judicial Rating Explanation Click Here)

Superior Court Judge

County of San Diego; Office 37

  • Gary G. Kreep: 9 (JI: 10, Q: 8)  
  • Matt Brower: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6)  

California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court (Vote Yes/No)

  • Carol Corrigan: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No  

California State Court of Appeal

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Fourth District (Vote Yes/No)

Division 1

  • Joan Irion: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 8) No  
  • Cynthia Aaron: 5 (JI: 2, Q: 9) No  
  • Judith Haller: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Richard Huffman: 9 (JI: 8, Q: 9) Yes  
  • Patricia Benke: 9 (JI: 9, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Patricia Guerrero:4 (JI:1, Q:8) No  
  • William S. Dato: 4 (JI: 1, Q:8) No  

Division 2

  • Art McKinster: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Marsha Slough: 3 (JI: 2, Q: 5) No  
  • Douglas Miller: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Richard T. Fields: 5 (JI: 5, Q:5) No  

Division 3

  • Raymond Ikola: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes  
  • David A. Thompason: 8 (JI: 6, Q: 9) Yes  
  • Thomas M. Goethals: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 9) No  

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 49th District

  • Diane L. Harkey (R)  
  • Mike Levin (D)

U.S. Representative, 50th District

  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
  • Duncan Hunter (R)  

U.S. Representative, 51st District

  • Juan M. Hidalgo Jr. (R)  
  • Juan Vargas (D)

U.S. Representative, 52nd District

  • Scott Peters (D)
  • Omar Qudrat (R)  

U.S. Representative, 53rd District

  • Susan A. Davis (D)
  • Morgan Murtaugh (R)  

California State Senator

State Senate, 36th District

  • Patricia “Pat” Bates (R)  
  • Marggie Castellano (D)

State Senate, 38th District

  • Brian W. Jones (R)  
  • Jeff Griffith (D)

State Senator, 40th District

  • Luis R. Vargas (R)  
  • Ben Hueso (D)

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 71st District

  • Randy Voepel (R)  
  • James Elia (D)

State Assembly, 75th District

  • Alan Geraci (D)
  • Marie Waldron (R)  

State Assembly, 76th District

  • Tasha Boerner Horvath (D)  
  • Elizabeth Warren (D)

State Assembly, 77th District

  • Sunday Gover (D)
  • Brian Maienschein (R)  

State Assembly, 78th District

  • Maggie J. Campbell (R)  
  • Todd Gloria (D)

State Assembly, 79th District

  • John Moore (R)  
  • Shirley N. Weber (D)

State Assembly, 80th District

  • Lincoln Pickard (R)  
  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D)

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 4

  • Mike Schaefer (D)
  • Joel Anderson (R)  


Board of Supervisors, District 4

  • Bonnie Dumanis 
  • Nathan Fletcher

Board of Supervisors, District 5

  • Jim Desmond 
  • Michelle Gomez


Carlsbad Mayor

  • Matt Hall 

Carlsbad City Council, District 1

  • Tracy Carmichael 

Carlsbad City Council, District 3

  • Corrine Busta 

Chula Vista City Attorney

  • Glen Googins 

Chula Vista City Council, District 1

  • John McCann 

Chula Vista City Council, District 2

  • Jill M. Galvez
  • Steve Stenberg 

Chula Vista Mayor

  • Hector Raul Gastelum 
  • Mary Casillas Salas

Coronado City Council

  • Marvin Heinze 
  • Peter Jensen 

Del Mar City Council

  • Brian Fletcher 

El Cajon Mayor

  • Bill Wells 

El Cajon City Council, District 1

  • Gary Kendrick 

Encinitas City Council, District 3

  • Mark Muir 

Encinitas City Council, District 4

  • Tony Brandenburg 

Escondido Mayor

  • Sam Abed 

Escondido City Council, District 1

  • John Gallo 

Escondido City Council, District 2

  • John Masson 

Imperial Beach Mayor

  • Valerie Acevez 

Imperial Beach City Council

  • Dane Crosby 
  • Darnisha Hunter 

La Mesa City Council

  • Bill Baber 
  • Guy McWhirter 

La Mesa Mayor

  • Mark Arapostathis 

Lemon Grove City Council

  • Jerry Jones 
  • Teresa Rosiak 

National City City Council

  • Sherry Gogue 

Oceanside City Council, District 1

  • Susan Custer 

Oceanside City Council, District 2

  • Christopher Rodriguez 

Poway Mayor

  • Steve Vaus 

Poway City Council, District 1

  • Dave Grosch 

Poway City Council, District 3

  • John Mullin 

Poway City Council, Short-term

  • Caylin Frank

San Diego City Council, District 2

  • Jennifer Campbell
  • Lorie Zapf 

San Diego City Council, District 4

  • Myrtle Cole
  • Monica Montgomery

San Diego City Council, District 6

  • Chris Cate 
  • Tommy Hough

San Marcos Mayor

  • Rebecca Jones 

San Marcos City Council, District 1

  • Craig Garcia 

San Marcos City Council, District 2

  • Mike Sannella 

San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District, Board Member

  • Theresa McKenna 

Santee City Council, District 1

  • Ron McNelis 

Santee City Council, District 2

  • Ronn Hall 

Santee City Council, District 3

  • Laurie Koval 

Solana Beach City Council

  • Shawn McClondon 
  • Craig Nelson 

Vista Mayor

  • Judy Ritter 

Vista City Council, District 1

  • John Aguilera

Vista City Council, District 4

  • John Franklin

Educational Offices


Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 1

  • Linda Cartwright
  • Jonathan Olsen 

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 2

  • Bill Exeter 
  • Debbie Justeson

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 5

  • Brad Monroe
  • Teresa A. Rosiak 

Mira Costa College, Area 1

  • Harold Fairman IV 

Mira Costa College, Area 2

  • Steve Hasty 

Palomar College Trustee

  • Rose Marie Dishman 
  • Aimee Keith 

San Diego Community College, District A

  • Diane Hickman 
  • Maria Nieto Senour

San Diego Community College, District C

  • Lauren S. Casuto 
  • Craig Milgrim

San Diego Community College, District E

  • David Alvarez
  • Rafael A. Perez

Southwestern Community College, Board Member, Seat 4

  • Tamara Rodriguez 

School Districts

Alpine Union School

  • Louise Russo 

Bonsall Unified School

  • Roger Merchat 
  • Lou Riddle, Jr. 

Carlsbad Unified School Trustee, Area 1

  • Melanie Burkholder 

Cajon Valley Union, Area 2

  • Jill Barto 

Chula Vista Elementary School, Seat 3

  • Famela Ramos 

Coronado Unified Schools

  • Lee Pontes 
  • Kyle Tupas 
  • Esther Ruth Valdez 

County Board of Education, District 3

  • Eric J. Lund 
  • Alicia Munoz

County Board of Education, District 5

  • Cheryl James-Ward 
  • Rick Shea

Del Mar Union School

  • Libby Hellman 
  • Scott Wooden 

Encinitas Union School District, Board Member

  • Amy Glancy 

Escondido Union School, Area 4

  • Zesty Harper 

Escondido Union School, Area 5

  • Gary M. Altenburg 

Fallbrook Union School

  • Richard L. Goodlake 
  • James O’Donnell 

Grossmont Union High School, Area 3

  • Gary Woods 

La Mesa Spring Valley School

  • Steve Babbit 
  • Megan Epperson 
  • Brianna Garza 

Oceanside Unified School, Area 1

  • Daniel Iman 

Poway Unified School, Area B

  • Ginger Couvrette 

Poway Unified School, Area C

  • TJ Zane 

Poway Unified School, Area D

  • Stan Rodkin 

Ramona Unified School

  • Roger Dohm 
  • Bod Stoody 

Rancho Santa Fe School District, Board Member

  • Jee Manghani 
  • Kali Kim 

San Diego Unified Schools, District B

  • Kevin Beiser
  • Tom Keliinoi 

San Diego Unified Schools, District C

  • Michael McQuary
  • Marcia Lee Nordstrom 

San Dieguito Union High, Area 1

  • Maureen “Mo” Muir 

San Dieguito Union, Area 3

  • Melisse C. Mossy 

San Dieguito Union High, Area 5

  • Cheryl James-Ward 

Vista Unified School, Area 2

  • Debbie Morton 

Special Districts

Alpine CPA

  • James John Easterling 
  • Louis Russo 
  • Jenifer L. Swanson 

Alpine Fire Protection

  • Jim Easterling 
  • Baron “Barry” T. Willis 

Deer Springs Fire Protection

  • James E. Gordon 
  • E. Frank Slaughter 

Fallbrook CPA

  • Eileen Delaney 
  • Guy R. Howard 
  • Kim Murphy 
  • Jim Russell 
  • Victoria Stover 

Grossmont Healthcare

  • Randy Lenac 

Helix Water District, Division 1, Short Term

  • James Stierenger 

Lakeside Fire Protection

  • Ronald “Ron” Kasper 
  • Robert “Rob” Robeson 

Palomar Health

  • John Clark 
  • Laurie Edwards-Tate 
  • Richard C. Engel 

Ramona Municipal Water, Division 2

  • James Hickle 

Rancho Santa Fe Community Services District

  • Bill Hinchy 
  • Laurel Lemarie 
  • John Tanner 

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, Board Member

  • Tucker Stine 
  • John Tanner 

Santa Fe Irrigation, Division 3

  • Marlene King 

Tri-City Healthcare, Division 6

  • Jim D’Agostino 

Valley De Oro CPA

  • Kyle Hermann 
  • David Steele 

Valley Center Park & Recreation

  • Kathy MacKenzie 

Whispering Palms Community Services District

  • William Haynor 
  • Al Panton 


Proposition 1

Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 2

No Place Like Home Act

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Biggest Taxpayer Rip Off Award 2018)

Proposition 3

Bonds for Water

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 (17 billion) in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 4

Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 (3 billion) in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 5

Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative (Prop 13)

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 6

Gas Tax

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 7

Daylight Saving Time

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 8

Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Most Deceptive Proposition of 2018 Award) 

Proposition 10

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 11

Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 12

New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

Recommendation: Vote No 

City and County Ballot Measures

County Measure

  • A – Proposed “Clean-up” Amendments to the San Diego County Charter – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • B – Proposed Amendment to the San Diego Charter Entitled “Preserving Balanced Representation in Unincorporated Areas of San Diego County” – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • C – Proposed San Diego County Charter Amendment Entitled “Protecting Good Government Through Sound Fiscal Practices” – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • D – Initiative Measure Proposing Charter Amendments Requiring All Elections for San Diego County Elective Offices to be Held at a General Election and Requiring Adoption of Local Regulations Relating to Write-In Candidates for County Elective Office – Recommendation: Vote No

Local Jurisdiction Measures

City of San Diego

  • E – Mission Valley Stadium, Soccer City Initiative – Recommendation: Vote No
  • G – Mission Valley Stadium, SDSU West Initiative – Recommendation: Vote No
  • – Charter Amendment Regarding Mandatory Disclosure of Business Interests – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • H – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • K – Charter Amendment Limiting City Councilmembers to Serving two Four-Year Terms – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • L – Charter Amendments Regarding Ethics and Compensation for Elected City Officers – Recommendation: Vote No
  • M – Charter Amendment Regarding Reappointment of Audit Committee Public Members – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • – Reinstatement of Industrial Disability Retirement Benefit for Police Officers – Recommendation: Vote No


  • O – Approving Bond Issuance for Public Facilities in OTAY Mesa – Recommendation: Vote No

Chula Vista  

  • Q – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Del Mar

  • P – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • R – Recommendation: Vote No
  • T – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Encinitas

  • U – Recommendation: Vote Yes

City of La Mesa

  • V – Recommendation: Vote No

City of National City

  • W – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Oceanside

  • X – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Y – Recommendation: Vote No

City of Vista

  • – Recommendation: Vote No
  • AA – Recommendation: Vote No
  • BB – Recommendation: Vote No

Southwestern Community College District

  • CC – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Sweetwater Union High School District

  • DD – Sweetwater Union High School District Repair, Career Education, Student Safety Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Bonsall Unified School District

  • EE – Recommendation: Vote No

Borrego Springs Unified School District

  • GG – Recommendation: Vote No

Carlsbad Unified School District

  • HH – Recommendation: Vote No

Mountain Empire Unified School District

  • JJ – Recommendation: Vote No

San Diego Unified School District

  • H – Charter Amendment Enacting Term Limits for School Board Member – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • YY – San Diego Neighborhood School Repair and Student Safety Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Vista Unified School District

  • LL – Recommendation: Vote No

Del Mar Union School District

  • MM – Recommendation: Vote No

South Bay Union School District

  • NN – Recommendation: Vote No

Chula Vista Elementary School District

  • VV – Recommendation: Vote No

Santee School District

  • S – Recommendation: Vote No

Borrego Springs Fire Protection District

  • PP – Borrego Springs Fire Protection District Special Parcel Tax to Fund Fire Protection and Suppression and Emergency Medical Services – Recommendation: Vote No

Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District

  • QQ – Recommendation: Vote No

Rincon Ranch Community Service District

  • RR – Recommendation: Vote No

Valley Center Fire Protection District

  • SS – Recommendation: Vote Yes

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