OB Rag Primary 2020 Recommendations

by on February 26, 2020 · 18 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Here’s the OB Rag Primary 2020 ballot recommendations. (to see how the OB Rag arrived at these recommendations, see below.)

San Diego County Measures

A – Yes

B – No

San Diego City Measure

C – No

United States House of Representatives 
49th District 
Mike Levin

50th District
Ammar Campa-Najjar

51st District
Juan Vargas

52nd District 
Scott Peters

53rd District
Georgette Gomez

California State Assembly Districts 

71st District 
Elizabeth Lavertu

75th District

76th District 
Tasha Horvath

77th District 
Brian Maienschein

78th District 
Chris Ward

79th District
Shirley Weber

80th District
Lorena Gonzalez

State Senate Districts

39th District
Toni Atkins

San Diego County Board of Supervisors 

District 1 
Nora Vargas

District 2
Kenya Taylor

District 3 
Olga Diaz

San Diego City Mayor
Barbara Bry – try to get Bry into the General Election; would help push Gloria.

San Diego City Attorney
Pete Mesich – Protest vote against two front runners;

San Diego City Council 

District 1 
Joe LaCava

District 3 
Chris Olsen

District 5
Marni Von Wilpert

District 7
Wendy Wheatcroft

District 9 
Sean Elo

Currently held by Hon. Jackie Stern

Roberta Winston has been a practicing attorney for 32 years. She is a professional singer and the endorsed choice of the San Diego Democratic Party. Rated as “Exceptionally Qualified” by the SD Bar Association.

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE – OFFICE NO. 22 = Alana Wong Robinson
Currently held by Hon. Esteban Hernandez

Alana Wong Robinson has been a federal prosecutor for 29 years. She has endorsements across the political spectrum, including State Senator Toni Atkins, Assembly member Todd Gloria, and retired San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Rated as “Exceptionally Qualified” by the SD Bar Association.

Currently held by Hon. Louis Hanoian

Tim Nader is a Deputy Attorney General with the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice. He is a Board Member, Southwestern College, former Mayor of Chula Vista, endorsed by county Democratic party.

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE – OFFICE NO. 36 = Michelle Ialeggio
Currently held by Hon. Harry Elias

Michelle Ialeggio is a County Deputy District Attorney and ethics advisor for the DA’s office and adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. Endorsements include county Democratic party, Sheriff Bill Gore, City Attorney Mara Elliot, District Attorney Summer Stephan. Rated as “Exceptionally Qualified” by the SD Bar Association.

Education Board Endorsed Races

San Diego Unified School District Seat E – Sharon Whitehurst-Payne

San Diego Community College District B – Bernie Rhinerson

San Diego Community College District D – Mary Graham

San Diego County Board of Education District 1 – Gregg Robinson

San Diego County Board of Education District 2 – Guadalupe Gonzalez

Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District 3 – Julie Schorr

Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District 4 – Elena Adams


How the OB Rag arrived at our recommendations: First, this is not a consensus of the writers for the Rag; second, with a common sense approach, I took a look at our good friend Doug Porter’s recommendations, but also the recommendations of various organizations, like Indivisible San Diego, the San Diego Labor Council, Democratic Women, the County Democratic Party, also environmentally -oriented local Democrats, local Democrats for Equality, the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Socialists …. and then tried to fashion together the above. I had some differences with each of them, but agreed with most of all. For more details on all of these, go to Doug’s site here.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

judith February 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

Thanks Frank, I began to sort thru my political mailers and my head was spinning, I really appreciate your time and effort.


Barbara Jaffe-Rose February 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm

For the 52nd I’m sorry you did not endorse Nancy Casady. She is a progressive running in support of the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and tuition free public colleges. Scott Peters supports none of these and has been lukewarm on environmental issues and climate change.


Frank Gormlie February 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

I know Nancy of course and she’s a fine environmentalist and has been for the green new deal for years. However, using common sense, Nancy will not defeat Peters, she’s a total unknown across the Congressional district and distracts from his battle against his GOP opponent in the General. I’m aware of Peter’s weaknesses – but he did come out fairly early for Trump’s impeachment. Part of being in a united front against trumpism is understanding what battles should be fought and won.


Barbara Jaffe-Rose February 26, 2020 at 7:20 pm

I think you are underestimating Nancy Casady, her issues are leading nationally, and she has garnered lots of support in the district. But aside from that your argument, for a primary election, assures continuing with the status quo, at best. And the status quo is dangerous this time. We are facing a planetary existential crises while many live with economic insecurity due to student debt and medical expenses. If folks don’t vote for the better candidate for fear they will lose, they will lose. If you think the better candidate isn’t getting enough recognition get out and work for them!!


Frank Gormlie February 27, 2020 at 9:37 am

Barbara – that’s bull shit. There is absolutely no evidence that shows Nancy has much support – or even name-recognition – in the district. Nancy is not going to win a seat in Congress. That is just common sense. If moderate Peters had a tough time winning this seat, what makes you think people in that district would vote for an 80-year old green new dealer? Of course Peters has a checkered history – that’s why we’ve been very critical of him for years. But we’re in a united front against authoritarianism. And he has taken stands against trumpism.


Jon Findley February 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

So, we are going “….with a common sense approach, … ”
Reminds me of the take-off on Kipling:
Given what we know about Climate Disruption, maybe your idea of common sense isn’t the best approach when evaluating a candidate who doesn’t support the Green New Deal but does support more nuclear plants and is heavily invested in gas and oil.


Frank Gormlie February 27, 2020 at 9:42 am

Jon – see previous comment to Barbara, re no evidence of Casady support in district; Peter’s tough time winning the seat, his checkered career, etc. Just because someone is progressive does not automatically mean they’re entitled to the political office they’re seeking. Doesn’t work that way. That actually borders on elitism. They – like anyone who wants to serve electorally – must earn the respect from the potential constituents; ‘do their homework’. That’s a common sense approach. So you’re not advocating for a common sense approach to defeating trumpism? Oh, I see, you’re equating my argument with what Kipling was rebuking. Have you read anything on this website? Also, I don’t think Nancy has done much to build alliances in the district. I knew I would take some heat on this.


Peter from South O February 27, 2020 at 11:34 am

This must be what a caucus is like.


korla eaquinta February 27, 2020 at 8:25 am

It looks like no comment on Measure D nor Prop 13. What is your position on those two?


Geoff Page February 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

What’s your opinion on Cory Briggs?


Frank Gormlie February 28, 2020 at 10:34 am
Tom H February 27, 2020 at 1:50 pm

dear editor,

Ballot measure C is City of San Diego, as is measure D.

Measures A and B are County-wide.

Thank you


Frank Gormlie February 28, 2020 at 9:59 am

Thanks for pointing that out.


Geoff Page February 27, 2020 at 3:09 pm

Who is Pete Meisch? I can’t find anything on him and he is not registered with the State Bar, what gives?


Frank Gormlie February 28, 2020 at 10:01 am

Okay, misspelled his name; it’s Peter Mesich see this https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/cityattorney2020


Geoff Page February 28, 2020 at 10:15 am

I had not heard his name so I was wondering if it was a joke because it said “protest vote.” But, I just did my ballot and saw the correct spelling and looked him up. I did recognize his picture. But what about Briggs? Why not him?


kh February 28, 2020 at 10:48 pm

I’m tempted to support Briggs if only so he’ll stop emptying the city coffers into his pockets with his lawsuits and fabricated plaintiffs. He’s made a career out of it. If you can’t beat em, join em.


Pete Mesich February 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Thank you for the recommendation. Although listed as a protest vote, Ocean Beach has always been a special place for me. I am a regular and Margaritas, and afternoon ice creams at the Lighthouse. With two master degrees and my law degree, 17 years practicing law, and experience in City Attorney’s Office both civil and criminal law (defense and prosecution) I am also the most qualified candidate. Without making promises that can’t be kept, or arguing with other city leaders, I will look to work with other city officials for viable solutions to Ocean Beach’s most serious problems- compassionate homeless policies, short term vacation rental reform, affordable housing, and transportation infrastructure. Again, thank you.


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