About the Candidate
Dr. Akilah Weber, an assistant clinical professor and ob-gyn, was born and raised in the Oak Park neighborhood of San Diego, and has lived in La Mesa since completing her medical residency and fellowship in the midwest. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Weber was elected to the La Mesa City Council in 2018, where she currently serves as vice mayor. She is the daughter of Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who held this seat for ten years. According to campaign materials, Dr. Weber is running for this seat to continue to work to eliminate the systemic social disparities that lead to poor health and economic outcomes for district residents.
If elected, Dr. Weber’s priorities for the district would include COVID-19 vaccine access, economic recovery, climate protections, and education reform. As a medical professional, Dr. Weber views the benefits of policy through the lens of public health, and believes that improvements in each of these issue areas will lead to better long-term health outcomes from residents. Demonstrating this philosophy, she has supported the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) program as a member of the La Mesa City Council. HOME brings social work and behavioral health support to community members experiencing homelessness, and aims to connect them with housing and medical benefits. A feature of this program is a reduction in police interaction with vulnerable residents. Dr. Weber has also said that she would prioritize legislation that created a police decertification structure for abusive officers, and favors increased age limits and training periods for incoming officers. As vice mayor, Dr. Weber has also supported La Mesa’s transition to a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) model for energy use, which offers residents clean alternatives to San Diego Gas & Electric, and reinvests revenues into the local economy.
While Dr. Weber’s platform has a progressive lean, she has been noncommittal on how she will navigate political influences in Sacramento to pass progressive policies. Similarly, she has not highlighted immigration reform or championed a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals in her platform. In a district so proximate to the southern border, providing inclusive leadership will require a clear stance on these issues and a commitment to persistent advocacy on behalf of all residents.
Dr. Weber is endorsed by a majority of the progressive groups in the district, and several progressive elected officials. Her leadership will provide consistency in values and policy for the AD-79 community. With consideration to Dr. Weber’s local government and professional experience, our analysis shows that she is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
About Courage California’s Endorsement
After a comprehensive review of Dr. Akilah Weber’s record and consultation with local partners, we have determined that she is committed to eliminating health disparity through climate action, education reform, and economic recovery. Her experience on the La Mesa City Council combined with her understanding of holistic health and social supports make her a strong candidate for this seat, and align with the progressive future that Courage California hopes to achieve. We are confident that she will govern in the interests of AD-79 residents, and Courage California is proud to endorse Dr. Akilah Weber for Assembly District 79.