The California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) finished its work at the end of December 2021 with changes that will impact California State Senate and Assembly representation for Del Mar voters. The biggest news, however, is Del Mar’s 49th U.S. Congressional District had some notable modifications (losing UCSD, Del Mar Heights, Rancho Santa Fe, and Fairbanks Ranch; gaining the city of Laguna Niguel) and that Mike Levin (D) will continue to represent Del Mar. This was a last-minute, welcome change to the tentative map that would have placed Del Mar in a long coastal district extending south to the border.
Del Mar is in the new State Senate District 38 that extends from Mission Viejo south to Pacific Beach, and it replaces most of the former District 36 currently represented by Patricia Bates (R). Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear is running in the new District 38 against at least one Republican opponent (Bates is termed out). Del Mar voters will get to vote in the primary this June for the best candidate, but we will not lose representation from Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (39th District) until her term expires in 2024. Toni Atkins has been a major voice for Del Mar and the region, and I’m sure her influence will continue when we have two State Senators (one from the 38th and one from the 39th) from November 2022 until November 2024.
The State Assembly District map puts Del Mar in the new District 77 that extends from Carlsbad to Chula Vista. Assembly Member Brian Maienschein currently represents District 77, and we lose our current Assembly Member Chris Ward to the newly drawn 78th District. Maienschein changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic in 2019, and he has announced his run for re-election in 2022.
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Maps, CA Citizens Redistricting Commission