California State Legislature

State Assembly, 78th District


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Assembly District 78, comprising portions of the cities of San Diego and El Cajon, presents a unique blend of urban and suburban characteristics, shaped by its diverse communities and cultural assets. This district is particularly notable for its historic LGBTQ+ community in Hillcrest and the presence of significant cultural landmarks like Balboa Park.

In the City of San Diego, the district includes neighborhoods such as Normal Heights, Mission Hills, Linda Vista, Hillcrest, Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Serra Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Mira Mesa, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, and Tierrasanta. Each of these areas contributes to the district's multifaceted nature:

Hillcrest, known as the heart of San Diego's LGBTQ+ community, is vibrant and bustling, filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, and is celebrated for its inclusivity and cultural richness.

Balboa Park, a major cultural asset, is not just a park but a hub of museums, art galleries, and the renowned San Diego Zoo, making it a central point of cultural and recreational activity.

Normal Heights and Mission Hills are characterized by their blend of urban living with a sense of community, offering an array of local businesses and a residential atmosphere.

Linda Vista, Clairemont, and Kearny Mesa present more suburban aspects, with family-friendly neighborhoods and diverse communities.

Areas like Sorrento Valley and Mira Mesa are known for their business parks and tech industries, adding an economic and innovative dimension to the district.

Tierrasanta and Del Cerro offer a more serene, residential setting, balancing the urban energy of the district.
El Cajon, partially included in this district, contrasts with the City of San Diego's urban density, known for its suburban feel and community-oriented environment.

The district's composition allows for a balance of population while respecting the unique communities of interest. The urban-suburban divide within the district is bridged by shared community values and interests, making it a microcosm of San Diego's broader societal landscape.

In summary, AD 78 is characterized by its diverse neighborhoods, ranging from vibrant urban centers to quieter suburban areas. The district's cultural significance, particularly highlighted by Hillcrest's historic LGBTQ+ community and the cultural hub of Balboa Park, adds depth to its urban landscape, making it a distinctive and dynamic part of San Diego.

305,478 Registered Voters as of 01/23/24 D +26.55%
DEM %
48
146,358 Voters
REP %
21
65,247 Voters
OTHER %
31
93,873 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 66.15% Dahle - 33.85% D +32.3%
2020 Presidential Biden - 68.2% Trump - 29.4% D +38.80%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 65.8% Cox - 34.2% D +31.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 64.1% Trump - 29.5% D +34.60%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
511,710 49.5% 22.1% 7.0% 20.5% 2.7% 1.2%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Chris Ward (D)
2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Chris Ward (D) 118,215 68.55%
Eric Gonzales (R) 54,234 31.45%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Chris Ward (D) 76,917 68.2%
Eric Gonzales (R) 35,857 31.8%
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Chris Ward (D) 123,755 56.19%
Sarah Davis (D) 96,486 43.81%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Chris Ward (D) 69,125 55.62%
Sarah Davis (D) 34,410 27.69%
Micah Perlin (D) 20,741 16.69%