California State Legislature

State Assembly, 75th District

District Analysis
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The 75th Assembly District in San Diego County, comprising the entirety of Santee and Poway along with portions of the City of San Diego, represents a unique blend of suburban, rural, and diverse geographical landscapes. This district is particularly distinct for encompassing the entire eastern half of San Diego County, extending from the edges of Poway and Santee to the borders with Mexico, Imperial County, and Riverside County.

Santee, a suburban city, is characterized by its balance of residential areas, commercial zones, and recreational spaces such as the Santee Lakes. This city exemplifies suburban living within the district, offering a family-friendly environment and community-focused lifestyle.

Poway, known as "The City in the Country," maintains a strong suburban identity while preserving a rural atmosphere. The city is distinguished by its extensive trail system, open spaces, and commitment to preserving natural areas, which resonates with the district’s focus on managing urban sprawl.

The portions of the City of San Diego within this district include communities that are more suburban and rural compared to the city's urban core. These areas contribute to the district's blend of residential living and open spaces, reflecting a lifestyle that is in close touch with the natural environment.

The east San Diego County region of the district is marked by its vast valleys, mountainous terrain, and significant stretches of unincorporated areas and tribal lands. This part of the district is defined by its more rural character, contrasting with the suburban environments of Santee and Poway. The presence of tribal lands adds another layer of cultural and historical significance to the region.

One of the key features of this district is its diverse topography, ranging from suburban neighborhoods to rugged, rural landscapes. This diversity presents unique challenges and considerations, particularly in terms of managing urban sprawl and addressing issues related to fires, which are of significant concern in the more rural and undeveloped areas.

The 75th Assembly District's political identity is notably conservative, historically ranking as the most conservative district within both San Diego County and across California. This conservative bent is highlighted by a substantial Republican registration advantage of 11% and consistent electoral support for Republican candidates at the top of the ticket. For instance, the 2020 presidential election saw Donald Trump winning the district by an 11.5% margin over Joe Biden, marking the lowest Republican performance in recent years, yet still demonstrating strong conservative backing.

The district has been represented by Marie Waldron since 2012. Following redistricting, the current 75th Assembly District largely overlaps with the former 71st District, previously represented by Republican Randy Voepel since 2016. The redistricting led to a notable election between Waldron and Voepel, with Waldron prevailing and ultimately securing her final term in the assembly. With Waldron's tenure coming to an end due to term limits, the 2024 general election presents an open seat, poised to be a significant event in determining the district's political future.

In summary, the 75th Assembly District showcases a striking contrast between suburban living and expansive rural areas, underlined by concerns over urban development and natural disaster management. The district's vast geographical spread, from suburban centers to the remote eastern border regions, underscores its diversity in landscape, lifestyle, and community composition, making it a unique and varied part of San Diego County.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Andrew Hayes (R)
Small Business Owner
02-17-24 $664,235.97 $635,511.14 $31,328.99 $60,053.82 $28,724.83
headshot Carl DeMaio (R)
Small Business Owner
02-17-24 $1,466,657.53 $1,026,067.06 $154,596.00 $495,186.47 $340,590.47
vacant_headshot Christie Dougherty (D)
No Reports $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
headshot Jack Fernandes (R)
Business Owner/Entrepreneur
02-17-24 $210,421.18 $2,172,471.66 $1,330.00 $75,713.44 $74,383.44
headshot Joy Frew (D)
Retired Revenue Officer
02-17-24 $26,262.21 $22,681.67 $13,950.14 $7,530.68 -$6,419.46
headshot Kevin Juza (D)
Small Business Owner
02-17-24 $24,409.11 $40,084.09 $24,500.00 $1,463.95 -$23,036.05
* = Incumbent(s)
309,328 Registered Voters as of 01/18/24 R +11.03%
91,711 Voters
125,815 Voters
91,802 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 38.94% Dahle - 61.06% R +22.1%
2020 Presidential Biden - 43.1% Trump - 54.6% R +11.50%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 38.7% Cox - 61.3% R +22.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 38.0% Trump - 56.3% R +18.30%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
474,296 58.8% 24.3% 4.0% 10.1% 4.2% 1.0%

2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marie Waldron (R) 100,950 67.83%
Randy Voepel (R) 47,888 32.17%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marie Waldron (R) 59,612 63.46%
Randy Voepel (R) 34,328 36.54%
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marie Waldron (R) 128,576 54.54%
Karen Schwartz (D) 107,170 45.46%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marie Waldron (R) 71,057 56.31%
Karen Schwartz (D) 47,851 37.92%
Roger Garcia (D) 7,288 5.78%