PSD Announces 2012 Primary Endorsements
Progressive San Diego is pleased to announce the results of its endorsement process for candidates who sought our endorsement for the June 5, 2012 Primary Election. Further endorsement decisions will be made as necessary for the General Election in November.
Congressional District 52: Scott Peters and Lori Saldaña.
Lori Saldaña is a “progressive's progressive,” with an outstanding record of standing up for progressive values. PSD encourages her to continue her efforts to improve consensus-building among progressives. Scott Peters, whose voting record on local issues has not always earned him the praise of progressives, is guided by deeply held progressive values that will serve his constituency well on the issues he will have to confront at the federal level. PSD urges him to remember that even the toughest decisions he will have to make must be guided by what is in the best interests of individuals and local communities.
Congressional District 53: Susan Davis.
State Assembly District 78: Toni Atkins.
State Assembly District 79: Sid Voorakkara, Pat Washington, and Shirley Weber.
It is rare that one race has so many good progressive candidates. While each of the three candidates has unique strengths, the residents of the 79th Assembly District will be served well by whoever is elected to represent them in Sacramento.
San Diego City Mayor: Bob Filner.
San Diego City Council District 3: No Endorsement.
Despite the fact that PSD endorsed Todd Gloria four years ago, he failed to receive our endorsement this time. PSD is deeply concerned that Todd is not a bona fide progressive. For instance, he strongly supports the expansion of the Convention Center without any financial protections for taxpayers and without any credible evidence of benefits for anyone other than downtown hoteliers. He also actively campaigned against the creation of the Latino/Immigrant Empowerment District for the new council district delineated by the San Diego Redistricting Commission. Unfortunately, there are many other examples of anti-progressive actions. PSD hopes that Todd will take this opportunity to demonstrate that his many departures from the priorities and interests of the people who voted him into office are simply good-faith mistakes by a first-term council member. PSD has invited him to a follow-up meeting with the endorsement panel in order to discuss what he can do to earn our endorsement next time.
San Diego City Council District 7: Mat Kostrinsky.
San Diego City Council District 9: Marti Emerald.
Marti Emerald has cast good votes on the majority of progressive issues over the past four years, and PSD is pleased to endorse her again. Her opponent, Mateo Camarillo, has a long history of promoting positive change in the San Diego community, but he did not demonstrate a stron g understanding of the leading progressive issues facing the City.
Progressives worked hard to ensure that the 9th Council Distrct, whose boundaries were set by the San Diego Redistricting Commission last year, would be a “majority-minority district”--meaning that a majority of the eligible voters are non-white. Given this effort, PSD is pleased that Marti has expressed a strong willingness to encourage and mentor aspiring leaders in the new district who reflect its tremendous diversity.
San Diego Unified School Board District A: John Lee Evans.
San Diego Unified School Board District D: Richard Barrera.
San Diego Unified School Board District E: Marne Foster.
San Diego Community College Board District B: Bernie Rhinerson.
Chula Vista City Council Seat 3: Pamela Bensoussan.
Chula Vista City Council Seat 4: Mary Salas.