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    Scott Peters
  • Elect Scott Peters to push CA-52 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 52nd Congressional District includes parts of San Diego County. After the 2010 Census redistricting, the district began to slowly trend toward Democrats. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Scott Peters narrowly won against his Republican opponent and flipped CA-52 from red to blue. In 2016 and 2018, Rep. Peters won by comfortable margins. The most recent election results show 58.1 percent of CD-51 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 58.3 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018. This is now a safe Democratic seat, and constituents deserve strong progressive representation.

    About the Race

    Following the March 3 primary election, Democrat incumbent Representative Peters is leading Republican challenger Jim DeBello by a margin of 16.7 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Peters’ campaign is backed by corporate PAC and defense interests. DeBello’s campaign has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Scott Peters is the incumbent, having served as representative since 2013. Peters has often touted himself as independent and has a mixed record on progressive issues.

    Peters is an environmental lawyer by trade and served on the San Diego City Council before his election to Congress. He supports women’s rights and reproductive choice, including abortion rights and LGBTQIA+ equality. He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, and Human Rights Campaign. He is also a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has called for laws to toughen background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines and assault-style weapons. While he does not support the Green New Deal or Medicare for All, he has supported investing in renewable energy, protections for California’s Coastline, and introduced the Build More Housing Near Transit Act.

    Rep. Peters’s priorities for CA-52 this year have included passing workplace protections for pregnant women, supporting San Diego small businesses, and backing youth suicide prevention. He currently sits on two committees: the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on the Budget. This year, Rep. Peters has voted 97 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 92 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Peters has disagreed with Rep. Pelosi on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which increased discretionary spending limits--Rep. Peters voted against and Rep. Pelosi voted for. Rep. Peters has co-sponsored two bills about protecting the USPS and providing for more police accountability this year, both of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.  

    Rep. Peters is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by two police interest groups. However, the threat of Republican opponent and climate change skeptic DeBello’s potential policies greatly outweighs Peters’s police backing. According to our analysis, Rep. Peters is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Scott Peters

    Elect Scott Peters to push CA-52 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

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