Elect Terra Lawson-Remer to push San Diego County in the right direction.
About the Position
Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.
About the District
San Diego County is California's 2nd most populous county. San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 3.3 million people and manages an estimated budget of $6.4 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Diego is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, elected at large for a staggered four-year term in their respective districts. A chief administrative officer is appointed by the Board.
About the Race
In the primary, challenger Terra Lawson-Remer trailed incumbent Supervisor Kristin Gaspar by a margin of 11.6 percent. Lawson-Remer’s campaign has raised $633,419 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Gaspar’s campaign has raised $522,602, has not committed to any campaign finance pledges, and is endorsed by the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association, San Diego Probation Officers Association, Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County, San Diego District Attorney Investigators Association, Southern California Rental Housing Association, Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, and North County Realtors. In 2012, the San Diego Reader reported on a controversy surrounding Gaspar’s city council campaign, during which a series of mailers supporting her candidacy were sent to voters that purported to be from a nonprofit organization that later was found not to exist. In 2019, the San Diego Tribune reported that Gaspar attempted to secure a multimillion-dollar city contract for a nonprofit organization she worked for without disclosing her role at the organization.
About the Candidate
Terra Lawson-Remer, an economist, environmental attorney, community organizer, and educator, is a third-generation San Diegan. According to campaign materials, Lawson-Remer is running to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans and defend against Trump administration attacks on “our civil rights, public health and quality of life.”
Terra Lawson-Remer’s priorities for San Diego County this term include ending sprawl development, protecting open spaces, updating the water system, and encouraging affordable housing development via a single-purpose public bank and reduced taxation/fees for buildings near public transit and work centers. She supports the creation of a social service taskforce to respond to emergency calls regarding unhoused or mentally-ill individuals, guaranteeing asylum-seekers’ legal right to counsel, and ensuring that all families have access to affordable health care and childcare. Lawson-Remer has authored a comprehensive, multistep climate-action plan for 2021–2035, with the end goal of 90 percent clean energy and significantly reduced private vehicle traffic.
Terra Lawson-Remer served as senior advisor in the Obama Administration, developing environmental policies to cut pollution from oil drilling and mining. She has also worked with the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, and Amnesty International, and taught public policy at The New School and University of California--San Diego. Her scholarship and journalism has appeared in the New York Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, HuffPost, and on CNN. She is a longtime supporter of environmentalism.
Terra Lawson-Remer is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district and is, according to our analysis, the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.