So Far 3 Challengers Set to Run Against Zapf for District 2

by on March 29, 2017 · 12 comments

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So Far 3 Challengers Set to Run Against Zapf for District 2

At this point, there are 3 challengers to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf for the next election for the District 2 seat. Bay Ho resident Daniel Smiechowski, Jordan Beane, and Bryan Pease have all cast their hats into the ring for the district that includes Ocean Beach, Point Loma and much of the beach area, plus some area just east of Interstate 5.

“Centrist” Democrat Smiechowski, 63, is described as working in real estate and a longtime community volunteer. “I’ve been in this district for 50 years,” he told the press.

He told the press that he supports San Diego being a “sanctuary city” and backs short-term vacation rentals.“We don’t want development that isn’t smart development,” Smiechowski said. “We want development that benefits the community, in affordable housing and housing the homeless.”

Jordan Beane has been reportedly politically active in the PB Town Council, as well as various Democratic Party groups, including an environmental club. He’s familiar to Chargers fans for his videos, blog posts and co-hosting an in-house show, Times of San Diego

Lawyer Bryan Pease has also declared his intention to run against Zapf.  Pease is well-known in activist circles for his animal rights work, particularly around the harbor seals in La Jolla; President of the Animal Protection and Rescue League, he once ran a shop on Newport Avenue whose profits were funneled into that group.  He has served as a board member of the OB People’s Market, and is an elected member of the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee. Fox5

Pease is also representing the NAACP in a lawsuit against the El Cajon Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department stemming from arrests of people in vigils s in the wake of the Alfred Olango shooting last year. He told the press that his priorities include “environmental protection, ending chronic homeless, increasing housing affordability and public safety.” Pease has run in a number of local elections, including most recently the San Diego City Attorney’s race – he didn’t make it past the Primary.  By our count, this would be his third attempt to run for a City Council seat.

Other candidates are out there in the wings, presumably. Ed Harris – who once sat in the District 2 seat for a period – taking over Faulconer’s term representing the district – has plenty of time to think about running again. Harris is currently embroiled with the City over new protocols and rescue call routing that Harris says are dangerous and a waste of resources; he represents the Lifeguard union.

There’s also Gretchen Newsom, currently president of the OB Town Council, raking in plenty of experience with her own full-time job working for a local labor union. She was runner-up during the appointment process for Faulconer’s District 2 seat. Both Harris and Newsom are progressive Democrats.

Sarah Boot, another progressive Democrat, once ran for the District 2 seat – but really, has not been seen in the district since.

It’s presumed that Zapf, a Republican, will run again – and if she does, she’ll be in her second and final term in the district. The next election will be the Primary in June 2018.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel Smiechowskii March 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Who the hell is that guy with the funny name? With a name like his , you can’t be credible!


Pete R March 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

I don’t have any links but I seem to recall Lori saying she was NOT going to run again. The reason she gave was something about the job being a thankless pain in the ass (not her exact words, but that’s the sentiment I recall).

Anyone else remember this who can provide a link?


Daniel Smiechowskii March 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Hi Pete, My instincts tell me that she will run again. She can’t lose with nearly a half million in her campaign war chest. Besides, nobody is going to vote for a weird name they can not pronounce. Only in America where we actually believe in fairness and justice. What a joke!


Jon March 31, 2017 at 7:28 am

Hey Pete,

I believe you’re probably referring to this VOSD snippet:


Daniel Smiechowskii March 31, 2017 at 7:36 am

Chosen by PB Council 2 present plaque at American cemetery Normandy in 17 days   


Daniel Smiechowskii April 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

Does anyone read this rag? I’m Danny and running for City Council. Does anyone care? Do folks think I’m a has been and nobody? I certainly understand as I would agree to that testament. Danny D2 just a simple old dumb Pollack! God bless my friends Jim Bell, Nancy and Derick Cassidy and all my surfing buddies in OB since 1969! Danny


OB Mercy April 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm

In a heartbeat I’d vote for Ed Harris, but I remember him saying he decided not to run because he wanted to devote more time to family and his lifeguard duties.

I would also vote for Gretchen Newsom, but she had some family issues last year. I’m hoping she will reconsider if she’s able to.

And I know Sarah Boot had a baby and that alone would be enough to keep anyone busy! I dig her too.

But progressive Democrats are my peeps! Someone please challenge Zapf. Never been a fan.


Daniel Smiechowskii April 3, 2017 at 10:21 am

OB Mercy, Please consider Danny! He is a decent man and very capable except he is over qualified! God bless, Danny


OB Mercy April 3, 2017 at 10:29 am



Daniel Smiechowskii April 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

God bless you OB Mercy! Danny


Daniel Smiechowskii April 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

God bless you OB Mercy!


Daniel Smiechowskii April 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Why does everyone ignore my campaign for SD City D2?


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