A trio of hopefuls seeks to represent the 80th District – parts of Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego – in less than three weeks of special elections this April 5.
Lincoln Pickard, the only Republican candidate, had already tried to have that same position in 2016.
Pickard is opposed to abortion, to the mandates to control Covid-19, to relax measures to carry weapons, and because California does more oil drilling.
The Republican candidate said he wants to "offer an alternative to what the majority Democrats have been doing" in the assembly.
Former San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez, a Democrat, said, "the critical challenge of affordable housing
An environmental leader for decades in San Diego County and even in Baja California, Gómez includes among her priorities the regulation of climate change, affordable health care, the creation of better jobs, and deepening the relationship with the south of the border, among other themes.
Also, a former San Diego councilman, David Álvarez, says that his priority is education. However, he also highlights the need for affordable housing in the geographic region of the electoral district.
"For decades, we have heard that we could have a university in Chula Vista," said Álvarez, who promises to "fight in Sacramento to make it a reality."
The three applicants seek to fill the position vacated by now-former Assemblywoman Lorena González, the incoming president of the California Federation of Labor.
Whoever wins the election now will continue the remainder of González's legislative term and will continue in January with the next term.
The County Registrar of Voters reported that 250,000 ballots are ready for mailing to voters in district 80.