Dr. Shirley Weber was appointed as California’s Secretary of State, leaving a vacant seat in the 79th State Assembly District. Now, residents of the district will vote in a special election on April 6, 2021 for the representation they deserve. Voters will decide who will represent them, a crucial role as communities begin to receive additional funding from the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 79th Assembly District includes the areas of southeastern San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, parts of Chula Vista, Bonita and National City. Not sure if you live in the 79th Assembly District? Click here to find out.
Early voting is well underway in the special election. As of this writing, more than 400,000 residents have already voted in-person or by mail, according to the San Diego Registrar of Voters. But that’s just 13% of the district’s population. Through our Spring 2021 Civic Engagement Program, Alliance San Diego will continue to mobilize and educate voters on the issues impacting our most underrepresented communities like criminal justice reform, mental health and more.
There are five candidates running to become the representative of the 79th Assembly District. They are: Aeiramique Glass Blake, Leticia Munguia, Shane Suzanne Parmely, Akilah Weber and Marco Contreras. Our Civic Engagement Manager Eryn Wilson Nieves moderated the Candidate Forum for Assembly District 79 to learn more about the candidates’ priorities for the district. Watch it below!
Regardless of who you are or where you live, your voice is your power. USE IT, because our democracy works best when it includes all of us. Here are some additional resources for residents voting in the 79th Assembly District Special Election on April 6, 2021.