Tuesday is Election Day, but fewer than 25 percent of voters registered in San Diego County are expected to cast ballots. NBC 7’s Sherene Tagharobi explains why.
As San Diegans prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, there are several key items on the ballot including a heated Congressional race, a district attorney facing her first re-election challenge and a pair of measures concerning the city's waterfront.
While one report said the state could have its lowest voter turnout ever in the upcoming primary election, there are several races in San Diego County that may draw people to the polls.
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has faced a tough campaign with two challengers - former prosecutor-turned-defense-attorney Bob Brewer and retired Deputy D.A. Terri Wyatt.
The three candidates met face-to-face in February on NBC 7's Politically Speaking.
Brewer claims the DA's office has become "far too political" following Dumani's unsuccessful bid for San Diego mayor in 2012.
Wyatt, who retired after 26 years last September to run for the top job, agreed that the office became too political about a year before Dumanis decided to run.
Dumanis, however, pointed to her office's 94-percent conviction rate.
“I think my record speaks for itself,” she said. “We’ve been innovative in every area from the drug court to the veterans’ court - ever changing and on the cutting edge,” she said.
Total fundraising in the race was close to a million dollars, with money from Brewer backers outpacing Dumanis' by a 5-to-4 margin.
Barrio Logan Zoning
Shipyards and nautical defense contractors say they would be an endangered species under San Diego city Propositions B and C.
The measures ask voters to support City Council-approved changes to Barrio Logan's community plan that tighten rules on maritime industries north of Harbor Drive.
John Alvarado, Barrio Logan business leader, said the shipyards represent a large number of employees that could be affected if the propositions are passed. Those jobs in jeopardy extend beyond the shipyards to suppliers all over Southern California.
Councilmember David Alvarez urged voters to approve B & C to allow jobs to continue while allowing residents to co-exist with the industries in the area.
52nd District Race
No other local election has had a break-in at an official candidate headquarters, references to cockroaches and Lindsay Lohan, accusations of plagiarism and allegations of the online posting of a gay slur.
Republican candidate Carl DeMaio is challenging incumbent Democrat Scott Peters, Republican Kirk Jorgensen and Republican Fred Simon in the June 3 primary.
The top two vote-getters will vie for the 52nd Congressional District seat.
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