Final week of Voting to Replace San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

The election to replace resigend County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is in its final week -- and control of the Board is at stake. 

Four candidates are vying to replace Fletcher, Democrats Janessa Goldbeck, a veterans’ advocate, and San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe, as well as Republicans Amy Reichert, a cofounder of ReOpen San Diego, and Paul McQuigg, a retired Marine.

Fletcher resigned in May in the face of sexual misconduct alelgations, which he has denied. Fletcher was Chair of the Baord, and part of a 3-member Democrat majority on the Boar that now sits at 2-2. Fletcher notably served in the State Legislature as Republican. He switched to Indpendent when he ran for San Diego Mayor in 2011, and ultiamtely became a Demcorat in 2013 when he again sought the mayoral seat. He woudl later marry then- Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in 2017 and win the Supervisor's seat a year later. 

As of July 29, Janessa Goldbeck had raised the most in direct contributions to her bid for the now-vacant seat, with campaign funds totaling $256,344, according to recent filings. Montgomery Steppe and Reichert clocked in with roughly $150,000 each, but the indpendpent money will likely drive the race's outcome. According the Union Tribune (paywall)

As of July 29, a union-driven committee called “Real Working Families in Support of Montgomery Steppe for Board of Supervisors 2023” had pooled $639,807 in support of the city council member.

Two Goldbeck-supporting PACs, “San Diegans for Fairness Supporting Janessa Goldbeck for San Diego County Supervisor 2023” and “Communities United to Elect Janessa Goldbeck for Supervisor 2023,” had collectively raised $226,500 through July 29 on her behalf.

Election Day is next Wednesday, Aug 15. If no candidate reacehd 50%, there is a November 7 runoff.


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