What Happened During The April Special Election?
Earlier in the year, Assembly District 80 representative Lorena Gonzalez stepped down, leaving the District without an assembly member. In April, Assembly District 80 (Barrio Logan, National City, City Heights) residents got to vote for someone to replace her and represent the district for the rest of this year. Georgette Gomez came in first place and David Alvarez came in second.
What does this have to do with the June Primary Election?
Since Gomez and Alvarez were the top two vote-getters in April, they will be on the ballot again in June. AD 80 residents will vote in the June primary for which of them should represent the district until December. This is called a runoff. But, that’s not all.
If you live in AD 80 you will vote for Assembly Member TWICE!
If you live in City Heights, you will vote for an assembly member for your old district (District 80) and an assembly member for your new district (District 79) on your June Primary ballot. Wait, what?
This can be confusing. The state created new assembly districts that will go into place in 2023. Until December, City Heights will remain part of District 80. So, you get to vote for an Assembly Member to represent AD 80 (Gomez or Alvarez) through the end of the year. However, after December, City Heights becomes part of Assembly District 79 (AD 79). So, you will also get to vote for a representative for AD 79. Dr. Akilah Weber is the current assembly member for this District.
If you live in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights or West National City, you will vote for an assembly member in District 80 twice. Huh? Why?
Like we mentioned above, you will get to choose between Gomez and Alvarez to represent AD 80 through December. But, who will represent the District afterwards?
You also get to vote for who you think should represent AD 80 from December 2022 until November 2024. The top two vote-getters will move on to the November 8th election. The winner of that election will be your Assembly Member for AD 80 for the December 2022 – December 2024 term.