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State Assembly, 79th District

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Member of the State Assembly

  • 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.
     

    Akilah Weber

    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.
     

    Last updated: 2021-03-22
  • About the Candidate

    Leticia Munguia, a community organizer, was born and raised in San Diego to parents who immigrated from Mexico, and has lived in AD-79 for 11 years. After working in social and criminal justice positions, she applied and enrolled in law school in Michigan, and started her legal career by creating a curriculum for immigrant women to access domestic violence resources. She then returned to California to begin her work as a labor organizer, leading fair wage and health-care negotiations with LAUSD and AFSCME. According to campaign materials, Munguia is running for this seat to support the region’s recovery from the economic, educational, and health impacts of COVID-19.

    If elected, Munguia’s priorities for the district would include several issues that have been heavily affected by the pandemic, including education, homelessness, health-care access, women’s rights, and the economy. As a community organizer, she has a unique understanding of the intersections of these issues and the benefits that wraparound services can provide to residents. She has a proven track record of working to increase public school funding and reduce class sizes, and would leverage that experience to support the safe reopening of schools and an expansion of early childhood education. Munguia believes that small-business loans, the creation of high-wage jobs, and further stimulus will bring a strong economic recovery to the region. She would also champion increases in health-care access, expansions of paid family and medical leave, extensions of the eviction moratorium, and increased availability of affordable housing. By strategically investing in these public systems, Munguia believes that residents will be able to trust the equity and stability of the infrastructure designed to support them. 

    Before law school, Munguia worked in the criminal-justice system, and is committed to the continued reformation of policing, including creating tiered accountability measures to track abusive officers. As the daughter of immigrants, she looks forward to California’s continued partnership with the Biden administration to create a path to citizenship, and favors proactively providing immigrants with access to health care and other services. 

    Leticia Munguia is endorsed by some progressive groups in the district and several progressive elected officials. Her leadership will build on existing progressive values and policies in AD-79. With consideration to Munguia’s long service in the community and her dedication to supporting the most marginalized populations, 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 Leticia Munguia’s record and consultation with local partners, we have determined that she is committed to education and housing investment, increasing health-care access, and economic recovery. Her experience as a community organizer combined with her commitment to refusing police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC money are in alignment with the progressive future that Courage California hopes to achieve. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all AD-79 residents. Courage California is proud to endorse Leticia Munguia for Assembly District 79. 
     

    Leticia Munguia

    About the Candidate

    Leticia Munguia, a community organizer, was born and raised in San Diego to parents who immigrated from Mexico, and has lived in AD-79 for 11 years. After working in social and criminal justice positions, she applied and enrolled in law school in Michigan, and started her legal career by creating a curriculum for immigrant women to access domestic violence resources. She then returned to California to begin her work as a labor organizer, leading fair wage and health-care negotiations with LAUSD and AFSCME. According to campaign materials, Munguia is running for this seat to support the region’s recovery from the economic, educational, and health impacts of COVID-19.

    If elected, Munguia’s priorities for the district would include several issues that have been heavily affected by the pandemic, including education, homelessness, health-care access, women’s rights, and the economy. As a community organizer, she has a unique understanding of the intersections of these issues and the benefits that wraparound services can provide to residents. She has a proven track record of working to increase public school funding and reduce class sizes, and would leverage that experience to support the safe reopening of schools and an expansion of early childhood education. Munguia believes that small-business loans, the creation of high-wage jobs, and further stimulus will bring a strong economic recovery to the region. She would also champion increases in health-care access, expansions of paid family and medical leave, extensions of the eviction moratorium, and increased availability of affordable housing. By strategically investing in these public systems, Munguia believes that residents will be able to trust the equity and stability of the infrastructure designed to support them. 

    Before law school, Munguia worked in the criminal-justice system, and is committed to the continued reformation of policing, including creating tiered accountability measures to track abusive officers. As the daughter of immigrants, she looks forward to California’s continued partnership with the Biden administration to create a path to citizenship, and favors proactively providing immigrants with access to health care and other services. 

    Leticia Munguia is endorsed by some progressive groups in the district and several progressive elected officials. Her leadership will build on existing progressive values and policies in AD-79. With consideration to Munguia’s long service in the community and her dedication to supporting the most marginalized populations, 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 Leticia Munguia’s record and consultation with local partners, we have determined that she is committed to education and housing investment, increasing health-care access, and economic recovery. Her experience as a community organizer combined with her commitment to refusing police, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC money are in alignment with the progressive future that Courage California hopes to achieve. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all AD-79 residents. Courage California is proud to endorse Leticia Munguia for Assembly District 79. 
     

    Last updated: 2021-03-22