Decision 2020

Sara Jacobs, Georgette Gómez Officially Headed for Runoff in 53rd District

Sara Jacob (left) and Georgette Gomez (right).

The field in the race for California's 53rd Congressional district started with 15 candidates, but now it's down to two.

Official results certified on April 2 show Democrats Sara Jacobs and Georgette Gómez headed to the November runoff. Jacobs received about 29 percent and Gómez received just under 20 percent of the votes.

There were over 90,000 votes spread among the other 13 candidates. Chris Stoddard, in third place, was 14,000 votes behind Gómez.

Rep. Susan Davis has held the seat since 2003 and it hasn't been competitive since, but Davis announced late last year she would not seek reelection.

NBC 7's Rory Devine has more information on the 15 candidates running for the 53rd district.

Gómez said she's hoping to take her experience as San Diego City Council President, and the representative for the council's ninth district, to Washington D.C. so she can take a bigger swing at San Diego issues.

"I want to go to D.C. to bring more money to our region so we can address some of the inequalities we're facing," she told NBC 7 in February. "Like our housing crisis, our climate crisis, and also ensure we're moving forward in immigration reform. We need to make sure we are actually elevating the importance of our climate, that we are investing in our communities; and then secondly health care. We need to fight to make sure health care is a right and people have access and it's affordable."

If victorious, Gomez could be the first queer Latina to serve in Congress.

Sara Jacobs is a policy adviser who also worked in the Obama administration. She told NBC 7 one of her top priorities is addressing gun violence.

"I can not tell you how many kids tell me they are terrified to go to school every day," she said. "The second is climate change and the urgent threat it imposes, and lastly the high cost of living for families in San Diego, including health care and housing, and finally the thing I care the most about is the need for more affordable child care."

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