2018 Midterm Voter Guide

San Diego City Council - District 8

District 8 includes communities in the southern part of the city and is split in half by the cities of Chula Vista and National City. More than 75 percent of the District 8 population lives in the southern section and more than two-thirds of the population is Hispanic. Incumbent Councilman David Alvarez (D) is termed out. Republicans are at risk of rapidly becoming irrelevant in this district. There are long-standing fissures in local politics that go back so far, few people understand how they started.

Includes: Barrio Logan, Egger Highlands, Grant Hill, Logan Heights, Memorial, Nestor, Ocean View Hills, Otay Mesa East, Otay Mesa West, San Ysidro, Shelltown, Sherman Heights, Stockton, Tijuana River Valley

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Vivian Moreno

Raised: $106,452 (09/22)

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Endorsements

San Diego County Young Democrats, San Diego Municipal Employees Association (MEA), California Young Democrats (CYD), San Diego Union-Tribune, Sierra Club San Diego, Run Women Run, San Diego Democrats for Equality, San Diego Environmental Democrats, San Diego County Apartment Association, Democratic Women’s Club

 

Summary

Democrat; staffer for David Alvarez who is termed out. Moreno is focused on job creation and neighborhood safety and infrastructure.


Analysis

Moreno is an unapologetic protege of David Alvarez whom she considers “too nice”. Her focus on development and transit-centered solutions are meant to expand the influence of her district. Her stern approach may be exactly what is needed to succeed.

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Antonio Martinez

Raised: $86,689 (09/22)

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Endorsements

San Diego County Democratic Party, San Ysidro Teachers Association, San Diego Police Officers Association, United Association of Plumbers, San Diego City Fire Fighters, Deputy City Attorneys Association of San Diego, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, San Diego Working Families Council, Unite Here Local 30…more



 

Summary

Democrat; board member of the beleaguered San Ysidro School District and backed by much of the Democratic establishment. Core issues include public safety and health and getting D8’s fair share of city funding.


Analysis

In a geographically split district, only a fine line divides Martinez from Moreno on policy issues. The decision on who you vote for may well depend on the candidate’s personality and endorsements.

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