Mar 11, 2024 - News

Candidates likely secure seats in two local elections

Marco Verdugo stands with is arms crossed smiling.

Marco Verdugo outside Chula Vista City Hall. Photo: Howard Lipin for Amplify Campaigns

Most of last week's primary races determined who advanced to November runoff elections, but two candidates are on track to secure municipal seats.

Why it matters: Henry Foster is poised to replace his former boss as southeastern San Diego's City Council representative, and political newcomer Marco Verdugo will become Chula Vista's next city attorney.

State of play: Per election rules, most local races couldn't be settled last Tuesday night, but special circumstances made final outcomes possible in two special elections.

By the numbers: Verdugo has a wide lead in early results, with 58.2% of the vote over former Chula Vista City Attorney Bart Miesfeld's 41.7%, as of Sunday evening.

  • Foster was sitting at 53.6% as of Sunday evening, with mayoral staffer Chida Warren-Darby at 27.3% and small-business owner Tylisa Suseberry at 18.9%. Foster needs to stay above 50% to avoid a November runoff.
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