Although City Council elections will not occur until November, there are important races affecting Del Mar on the June 7 Primary Ballot.
The Sandpiper has studied the various races and calls out the following of special importance for endorsement.
Each of these candidates stands with Del Mar interests on issues vital to our community: climate action, responsible gun safety, protecting a woman’s right to choose, fiscal responsibility, supporting local land use control, addressing nuclear waste at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), addressing housing needs in a manner sensitive to local concerns, and a lot more that matters to Del Mar.
Study your ballot materials; give more credit to voting records and actual accomplishments than to simplistic positions and claims; and don’t assume campaign mailers are accurate (especially “dark money” mailers that aren’t from candidates). The following races are of special importance to Del Mar:
This recently modified District will include the City of Del Mar. Blakespear is currently Mayor of Encinitas and chair of SANDAG. Her law office is in Del Mar and she has long family ties with our community.
She has proven ability in local government and can be counted on to be an effective advocate for issues important to Del Mar. She successfully championed a zero emission Climate Action Plan for Encinitas as well as 100% renewable power, passed a safe gun storage ordinance, and received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.
This Senate race is on the ballot twice and you need to vote twice—once for a new full term and once for Kamala Harris’s unexpired term, which Padilla was appointed to fill.
The U.S. Senate hangs in the balance. We need the right people in office who will fight for a woman’s right to choose, to protect democracy in Ukraine and the U.S., for campaign finance reform, and for sensible gun safety measures. Padilla can be counted on.
Levin has been an incredible champion for Del Mar issues since he flipped the 49th in 2018.
He brought us millions in federal funds to address our railroad and collapsing bluff issues, is leading the effort to address SONGS nuclear waste, and is a strong advocate for sustainability and clean energy, and for sensible gun safety. He has sponsored numerous bills that have passed on a bipartisan basis to benefit our veterans.
Assemblymember Chris Ward currently represents Del Mar, but Del Mar is moving into Boerner Horvath’s District as of the November 2022 election due to redistricting.
She distinguished herself as a member of the Encinitas City Council. As an Assemblymember she has championed beach safety and sea level rise issues, local control, environmental sustainability and other issues vital to Del Mar.