Six candidates campaigning to become the next Mayor of San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With Mayor Kevin Faulconer on his way out due to term limits, six candidates are vying to replace him in Tuesday’s election. The frontrunners include an assemblyman and a pair of City Council members.
Assemblyman Todd Gloria, 41, has lived in San Diego all his life. He has represented the 78th District in the Assembly since 2016, previously serving two terms on the city council, including as council president and interim mayor following Bob Filner’s resignation. Gloria identifies some of his biggest issues as homelessness, housing and climate change. He introduced the city’s Climate Action Plan as interim mayor.
Gloria says that as mayor he will set a housing production goal for the city along with “aggressive” investment in transit. He has pledged to focus on permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness. As an Assemblyman, Gloria co-authored the highly controversial ‘gig worker’ bill, AB 5, with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
Out of the top four mayoral candidates, Todd Gloria is the only one to support Assembly Bill 5. The other three, Sherman, Bry, and Williamson have all expressed support to repeal AB 5 since it has caused so many Californians, and San Diegans, to lose the ability to work and make money.
Scott Sherman, 56, is also a lifelong San Diego resident. He has represented Council District 7 since 2012 and previously owned a small insurance business. Homelessness is also one of Sherman’s biggest issues, and he says the city needs to “provide services to those with mental health issues and treatment for those with substance abuse issues,” but also said enabling people to live on the street endangers those people and the community.
Sherman said the housing crisis will not be solved with government- subsidized housing; instead, the city needs to cut regulations and red tape to allow developers to build. For public safety, he said it is time for San Diego to “end the social experiments and political pet projects” and put more police on the streets.
Sherman spoke to KUSI’s Dan Plante at the GOP Headquarters on Super Tuesday:
Barbara Bry, 70, has lived in San Diego for 39 years. She has represented Council District 1 since 2016 and has been council president pro tempore and chair of the Budget and Government Efficiency Committee. Her campaign website highlights a wide range of issues, but paring down short-term rentals to allow for more housing is one of her most prominent issues.
Focusing on mental health and putting trained professionals on the street are how she plans to tackle homelessness. Her plan for more government transparency on projects like 101 Ash St. is another cornerstone of her campaign.
Tasha Williamson, 48, has spent the last 20 years working for nonprofits advocating for racial and criminal justice. She has worked with the San Diego Compassion Project and other community advocacy groups, particularly those focused around gun, gang and police violence. Overhauling the San Diego Police Department is a major issue for Williamson, and she has openly called for the removal of Police Chief David Nisleit.
She says San Diego has a duty to become landlords to house homeless people, pointing to vacant and underutilized existing properties in the city. Williamson says certain council districts are underserved and she would seek to end so-called “food deserts” to create healthier environments.
The top two vote-getters will advance to the November general election.
KUSI News spoke with the four major candidates at different polling locations as they voted for themselves to become the next Mayor of San Diego.
KUSI’s Allie Wagner with Todd Gloria outside the Registrar of Voters:
KUSI’s Ed Lenderman caught a quick interview with Scott Sherman after voting at his neighborhood polling location.
Barbara Bry showed up to vote with her grandkids, she told KUSI’s Ed Lenderman how her policies differentiate her from her opponents, Scott Sherman and Todd Gloria.
And finally, candidate Tasha Williamson also voted at the Registrar of Voters, where she took time out of her busy day to speak with KUSI’s Allie Wagner.