California State Legislature

State Assembly, 76th District

District Analysis
District map

The 76th Assembly District in San Diego County, encompassing the cities of San Marcos and Escondido in their entirety, along with parts of the City of San Diego, is characterized by its dynamic mix of urban and suburban communities. This district is distinguished by its alignment along the Interstate 15 and State Route 78 corridors, areas sharing common interests in environmental stewardship, education, fire safety, and recreational outdoor activities.

San Marcos, a key city in the district, is home to California State University San Marcos, a major educational institution that contributes significantly to the district's focus on education. The presence of this university not only influences the local economy but also adds a youthful and dynamic element to the community.

Escondido, another integral city within the district, offers a mix of urban and suburban living. It's known for its diverse community, vibrant downtown area, and cultural attractions like the California Center for the Arts. Escondido's blend of residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, and open spaces reflects the district's overall character.

The portion of the City of San Diego included in this district encompasses communities like Del Dios, Elfin Forest, Fairbanks Ranch, Harmony Grove, Lake San Marcos, and Rancho Santa Fe. These areas, ranging from unincorporated communities to affluent neighborhoods, add to the district's suburban diversity. The inclusion of these communities respects the district's aim to maintain population balance and acknowledge shared community interests.

Environmental stewardship is a significant concern within the district, influenced by its varied geography which includes urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, and natural areas. This focus is critical in areas like Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, where the proximity to natural environments highlights the importance of ecological preservation.

Fire safety is another key concern, especially relevant given the district's mix of urban and suburban settings, where the risk and impact of wildfires are significant considerations for community safety and resource management.

Recreational outdoor activities are abundant in the district, facilitated by its diverse landscapes and community parks. The outdoor lifestyle is a defining aspect of the district, with residents enjoying access to a variety of natural settings for leisure and recreation.

In summary, the 76th Assembly District presents a cohesive blend of educational focus, diverse urban and suburban living, and a strong commitment to environmental and fire safety issues. The district's unique composition along major transportation corridors and its mix of communities create a distinct regional character within San Diego County, centered around shared interests and concerns that resonate with its residents.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Darshana Patel (D)
Scientist/School Boardmember
02-17-24 $309,199.23 $257,013.98 $60.00 $49,694.95 $49,634.95
headshot Kristie Bruce-Lane (R)
Businesswoman/Victims Advocate
02-17-24 $344,494.42 $70,578.99 $28,432.07 $276,847.50 $248,415.43
headshot Joseph Rocha (D)
Marine Officer/Attorney
02-17-24 $371,976.04 $351,405.17 $10,697.08 $31,663.04 $20,965.96
* = Incumbent(s)
278,404 Registered Voters as of 01/23/24 D +7.79%
105,274 Voters
83,591 Voters
89,539 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 51.67% Dahle - 48.33% D +3.3%
2020 Presidential Biden - 57.0% Trump - 40.8% D +16.20%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 50.8% Cox - 49.2% D +1.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 51.1% Trump - 43.0% D +8.10%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
470,607 44.4% 30.5% 3.4% 20.8% 2.6% 0.8%

2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Brian Maienschein (D) 78,895 51.62%
Kristie Bruce-Lane (R) 73,944 48.38%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Brian Maienschein (D) 48,635 49.94%
Kristie Bruce-Lane (R) 27,375 28.11%
June Cutter (R) 21,381 21.95%
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Tasha Boerner (D) 132,688 55.62%
Melanie Burkholder (R) 105,855 44.38%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Tasha Boerner (D) 77,792 57.55%
Melanie Burkholder (R) 57,391 42.45%