Based on our analysis, the two candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.
State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.
The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.
California’s 80th Assembly District includes parts of San Diego County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 16% are Republican and 50% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 58% Latino and 5% Asian. The most recent election results show that AD-80 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 41 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 40 points.
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez resigned from the AD-80 seat in January, leaving it open through the conclusion of the current term in November. A special election was held on April 5 with two candidates, Democrat David Alvarez and Democrat Georgette Gomez, advancing to a runoff special election to be held on June 7. Gomez received 38.2% of the vote, and Alvarez received 37.7% of the vote. The winner of the June special election vote will serve the remainder of the term through November 2022.
The primary election for the 2022–2024 cycle will also appear on the June 7 ballot, with AD-80 represented under the newly redistricted lines. There are four candidates running in this race, including Democrat Georgette Gomez, Democrat David Alvarez, Republican Lincoln Pickard, and Republican John Vogel Garcia. Gomez’s campaign has raised $579,000 and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, real estate, or corporate PAC money. Alvarez’s campaign has raised $360,000 and has received donations from fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate companies.
Georgette Gomez, a two-term president of the San Diego City Council, is a first-generation Mexican American and was raised in the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. Gomez is a lifelong community activist, and is running to continue working to protect housing access, affordable childcare, and the environment. Gomez ran for Congress in the 53rd District in 2020, but lost the race to Congressmember Sara Jacobs.
Gomez has worked with the Environmental Health Coalition and as chair of the Metropolitan Transit System. In her role with the city council, she worked on local initiatives to increase the construction of affordable housing units, and took action against the police union to reduce misconduct and the use of excessive force. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she supported efforts to establish an eviction moratorium, prevent utility shutoffs, and provide small-business relief. Gomez is endorsed by former Assm. Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, State Senator Scott Wiener, Assm. Ash Kalra, California Labor Federation, and California Environmental Voters.
David Alvarez, an entrepreneur and former member of the San Diego City Council, is from the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. He is running to continue his advocacy for underserved communities around issues of economic and environmental justice, and education.
Alvarez has been involved in local leadership for much of his career, including his eight-year term with the city council, and with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, and Metropolitan Transit System. Through his affiliation with these institutions, he has been able to advocate for funding local arts programming, expanding the public parks system, and preserving a local high school in its original location. Alvarez implements a collaborative approach in his work, which has allowed him to successfully partner with stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and Mexico while supporting local projects. He has also used this technique to push local leaders to the left on decisions that he disagrees with. In 2016, he was the lone voice of dissent on the city council against a twenty-year lease-to-own deal for a downtown building, which Alvarez believed would cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than an outright purchase of the structure. It was later revealed that his concerns were correct, and that the mayor had intentionally pushed the deal through.
Each candidate brings a unique approach and vision to the campaign for the AD-80 seat. We encourage you to select the candidate who best aligns with your values and who you believe will legislate in the best interest of the diverse constituents of the district.