Some San Diego Primary Election Results Are Changing – Pease Inches Closer to Campbell in District 2 Balloting

by on June 20, 2018 · 12 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

By Colleen Cochran

You know the 2018 San Diego County Primary Election is not officially over, don’t you? As of Tuesday evening, June 19, roughly 15,000 ballots are left to be counted.

The results first announced after election day, which was held June 5, 2018, reflected votes compiled from precinct ballots, as well as those from mail-in ballots received early by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Tallies of mail-in ballots dropped off at the polls were completed late last week. Only the provisional ballots remain uncounted.

Said Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters:

“The results announced on election night can, and have, changed.”

Thus far, election results have changed in two races:

Since election night, in the competition for Board of Trustees of San Diego Community College District E, Sean Elo, a nonprofit policy director, has moved into the second-place slot. If he remains in that position, he will be eligible to run in the general election.

Although Rafael A. Perez, Cuyamaca College professor, has moved down to third place, he is a hairsbreadth away from regaining his slot. David Alvarez, presently San Diego City Councilman, remains the solid victor in the race.



June 5, 2018 Election Night Results:

Candidate Name                                     Total Votes                 Percentage

DAVID ALVAREZ                                          6,378                         47.74%

RAFAEL A. PEREZ                                       2,757                         20.63%

SEAN ELO                                                        2,681                         20.07%

June 19, 2018 Results:

Candidate Name                                     Total Votes                 Percentage

DAVID ALVAREZ                                        10,394                         46.65%

SEAN ELO                                                       4,791                         21.50%

RAFAEL A. PEREZ                                         4,689                         21.04%


The outcome of Measure B for National City has also changed. The election night results indicated a Yes vote in favor of repealing the existing term limits for the mayor and imposing new limits of two consecutive four-year terms on the mayor, city council members, city clerk, and city treasurer.

As of June 19, 2018, the vote is No for this initiative.


MEASURE B – City of National City Repealing Existing Three 4 Yr. Terms

June 5, 2018 Election Night Results:

Total Vote                                                    Total Votes                 Percentage

YES                                                                1,999                            50.62%

NO                                                                  1,950                            49.38%

June 19, 2018 Results:

Total Vote                                                    Total Votes                 Percentage

NO                                                                  3,051                            51.30%

YES                                                                2,896                            48.70%


Here are a few races to watch closely:

San Diego City Council District 2

Bryan Pease, an environmental attorney, has inched closer to surpassing Jennifer Campbell, a doctor. On election day, he was down by 2.9%. By Tuesday, the difference between the two candidates was only 1.55%. So it is possible he could move from third place to surpass Campbell in the District 2 City Council election. Either way, one of them will face incumbent Lorie Zapf as she leads this race.

I personally believe Pease is best-equipped to protect the ocean communities’ environment.

San Diego City Council District 4

While both Myrtle Cole and Monica Montgomery are both certain to move on to the general election for San Diego City Council District 4, it will be interesting to see who comes out first. Cole was in the lead with 39.03% of the vote on election night, while Montgomery held 37.72%. As of Tuesday evening, Cole held 38.95% of votes; while Montgomery was at 38.62%.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Trustee Area 5

While Public school teacher, Linda Cartwright, earned 51.93% of the votes, and clearly holds the lead in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Trustee Area 5 race. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District election calls for the top two candidates to go to a runoff in November, regardless of the vote count.

she’ll have to retain more than 50% of the vote in order to avoid having to compete in an at-large runoff. Any candidate who holds more than 50% of the vote in this election becomes the automatic officeholder. (For San Diego Community College, however, the top two candidates will runoff in November.)

Counting of provisional ballots continues.

It’s a more a tedious process because these ballots were cast by voters whose names were not on the registration list at the polling place where they chose to vote. Their registrations need to be confirmed. Voters who typically vote by mail, but who, instead, voted at the polling place, also cast provisional ballots.

I actually went to the registrar to watch the process. Any member of the public can do so. What I saw were rows of quiet, focused registrar workers holding ballots and methodically checking that information listed on the ballot matched what they saw on their computer screen.

The San Diego County Primary Election results should be finalized in a just a few days. You can check the results, which update every evening, here.



{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen Cochran June 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Be advised, it’s not over until the last vote is counted. Results will keep changing until all 15K ballots are finished.


Dave June 20, 2018 at 10:11 pm

I wonder which of the ballots the county is slowest to count. For example, I’ve been a registered mail voter for probably 15 years, but I always walk my ballot in on Election Day just to get my little sticker (I’ve got all 17 of them since I turned 18, in nearly every language they’re offered). Is mine one of the ones that still hasn’t been counted?


Colleen June 20, 2018 at 10:39 pm

That’s so cool that you have all your stickers. Yes, your mail-in ballot dropped off at the polls has been counted. Your votes were most likely not included in the election night results, but were counted later. I know that the tallying of mail-in ballots was completed last week.


Dave June 20, 2018 at 11:35 pm

Right on, thanks for the reply! So if the late-delivery mail ballots have been counted (I know that actual mailed ones that didn’t arrive by the deadline are…dead), what’s still outstanding? Provisionals?


Colleen June 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm



Peter from South O June 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Dave (and anyone else that doesn’t know about this) – You can check on the status of your own ballot at anytime on the Registrar of Voters site


Rafael June 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm

District 8 is close too…..after today’s update several races got closer.


Colleen June 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Wow, yeah, Martinez and Ramirez are neck and neck.


Anne Krueger June 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District election calls for the top two candidates to go to a runoff in November, regardless of the vote count.


Colleen June 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Thank you so much for calling that error to my attention, Anne. The sources I used for that bullet point regarding the Grossmont-Cuyamaca race procedure were incorrect. I will inform them as well.

As per Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District: According to the CA Code, Education Code – EDC 72036.5: (c) “Candidates for election as a member of the governing board of the district shall be nominated by trustee area at a district primary election held on the date of the statewide direct primary election.”

At the district primary election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes within the trustee area shall be nominees for the district general election for that trustee area, and the nominee who receives a majority of the votes cast by the voters of the trustee area in the district general election shall be elected to represent that trustee area.


Frank Gormlie June 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm

By my calculations, Pease is still 1.56% down from Campbell – Thursday, 6/21/18 8:43pm


obcliffhanger June 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Bryan is still down about 500 votes, just as he was the day after election day. It’s time for Bryan and Jordan to both (very) publicly concede and support and work for Jen Campbell so the Democrat vote unifies, and so Lorie Zapf is retired and can instead go work at Sea World as the “environmentalist” she claims to be.


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