Mar 5, 2024 - News

San Diego on Super Tuesday: What voters said outside of the polls

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Even in a quiet campaign season, voters had a lot to say outside of San Diego polling places on primary election day.

The big picture: Many voters said homelessness, the economy and their strong feelings about individual candidates inspired them to head to the polls Tuesday.

The San Diego mayoral race:

  • "I voted for Mayor Gloria when he first started, but he's a politician for real now. He did not get my vote [this time]." Henry Ragsdale, 56 (Skyline)
  • "I gotta come out here for Geneviéve [Jones-Wright]. … I feel like she actually cares about the people and not just the office." Monica Harris, 55 (City Heights)
  • "I voted for Todd Gloria again. I think it's a really s--t job and he's doing as good as anybody." Christine Fernandez-Morache, 59 (Allied Gardens)
  • I voted for the incumbent [Gloria] … give him another chance to see what he can do. The housing crisis is a big one here. He's tried to tackle it in the past; we'll see how he does." Benjamin Barrena, 37 (Allied Gardens)
  • I had to make a choice, and so I did. I did not vote for the mayor; I voted for Geneviéve. That was the choice I made." Kirk Logan, 69 (Emerald Hills)

The U.S. Senate race:

  • "I'm a little worried that Steve Garvey might have a chance of getting on the ballot, so I figured I'd boost Katie Porter." Fernandez-Morache
  • "Well, you asked me, so I'm just going to tell you: I think we need more representation from people of color, so that's why I voted for Barbara Lee." Iris Payne, 71 (Spring Valley)

Several people voiced why they supported the Proposition 1 ballot measure:

  • As a physician, I voted for it because getting funding "to create more avenues where addiction and substance abuse aren't stigmatized as much and recognized as a primary mental health issue is a big thing for me." Barrena
  • "What we're doing now just turning people out to the street it shouldn't be who we are. It might be who we are, but it shouldn't be." Payne

Others said issues close to home influenced their decisions.

  • "In this neighborhood, the most important issue is infrastructure. After what the floods did to this neighborhood, something needs to be done." Ragsdale, explaining his vote for Tylisa Suseberry for City Council, District 4
  • "I specifically made sure that all my candidates that I selected were going to act favorably towards vulnerable parts of the community … making sure all students have access to education and that they're addressing the homelessness issue in a just way." Lupita Parra, 33 (City Heights)

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