County Supervisor District 4 Race Gets Crowded with Entry of Lori Saldaña

by on September 19, 2017 · 2 comments

in Ocean Beach

Ron Roberts is retiring. Roberts has been the County Supervisor who has represented Ocean Beach – and most of the rest of the City of San Diego – since 1994 so term limits will see him to the door at the end of 2018.

Lori Saldaña

And now the race for that District 4 seat is heating up, with the entry of Lori Saldaña who just announced she is running.

The district has a major Democratic advantage, with 44.3 percent of the electorate; another 20.3 are Republicans, and 29.8 percent are not members of any party.

Nathan Fletcher

The former assemblywoman joins a race that is bulging already with some big names. On the Democratic side, there’s former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, attorney Omar Passons, and retired deputy chief, San Diego Fire and Rescue Department Ken Malbrough.

On the Republican side, we have former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and real estate advisor Marcia Nordstrom.

Fletcher served four years in the state assembly – first as a Republican – and then an independent toward the end of his second term. He has since then registered as a Democrat.

Omar Passons

Fletcher did make unsuccessful runs for San Diego mayor in 2012 and again in 2014’s special election. Among Democrats, he probably has the most name recognition.

Passons is an attorney who has worked in public health and community development. He grew up in San Diego, met his wife in elementary school, and now live in North Park.

With a master’s degree in public health, Passons was a health policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as an attorney in the California Department of Transportation. He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Ken Malbrough

Malbrough served for nearly 30 years in the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department and retired as a deputy chief.

According to Union-Tribune archives, he was the chairman of the Encanto Planning Group and the former president of Brothers United, an organization of African-American firefighters.

Republican Nordstrom is an active real estate adviser and has a business degree from the University of Southern California.

Marcia Nordstrom

According to the SD U-T, “Her LinkedIn profile says she was a board member for one month on the Pacific Beach Planning Group, served on a subcommittee in the Pacific Beach Business Improvement District for less than a year, and was on the Parent Association Board at High Tech Middle Media School for one month.”

The primary is not until June 2018.

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune





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kh September 20, 2017 at 11:32 am

Looking forward to reading more about this as it gets closer.

I’m not ashamed to admit I don’t have a clue what the duties of a County Supervisor are.

I’m also going to just ignore the D and R words. Voters do stupid things when presented with those labels.


Lori Saldana September 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

As former Chairwoman of the California Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee, I’m running for County Supervisor to ensure state and federal funding is used to provide affordable & supportive housing for people in San Diego County.
– Affordable housing is needed for moderate income San Diegans, and for older adults on fixed incomes.
– Supportive housing is for people with physical disabilities, mental illness, and addictions.

To hear more, watch my KUSI News interview:


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