California State Legislature

State Assembly, 79th District

District Analysis
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Assembly District 79, which includes the entire cities of Lemon Grove and La Mesa, along with specific neighborhoods in San Diego and parts of El Cajon, is distinguished by its rich diversity, with a significant presence of immigrant and refugee communities. This district has been shaped to balance population while considering communities of interest, focusing on aspects such as affordable housing, commercial centers, and community-based organizations.

Lemon Grove is known for its small-town atmosphere within a suburban context. This city is characterized by its cultural diversity and strong sense of community, making it a key part of the district's identity.

La Mesa, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Hills," offers a blend of historical charm and modern amenities. Its quaint downtown area, combined with suburban neighborhoods and commercial zones, contributes to the district's diverse urban-suburban mix.

In the City of San Diego, the district encompasses neighborhoods like Paradise Hills, Skyline, Encanto, Bay Terraces, and City Heights. These areas are particularly noted for their vibrant immigrant and refugee communities, which add to the district's cultural richness and demographic diversity. Mid City, another included area, is known for its urban vibe and diverse population.

El Cajon, partially included in the district, is characterized by its suburban environment and is also home to a sizable immigrant population. This city's inclusion ensures a balance in the district's overall demographic and cultural composition.

Shared concerns across these communities, such as the need for affordable housing and the development of commercial centers, underline the common interests that bind the district. Community-based organizations play a vital role in these areas, often acting as vital support networks and cultural hubs for residents.

In summary, AD 79 is characterized by its diverse urban-suburban landscape, enriched by the cultural and demographic contributions of its immigrant and refugee populations. The district's focus on community needs, including housing and commercial development, reflects its commitment to accommodating and nurturing its varied communities.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Colin Parent (D)
Councilmember, City of La Mesa
02-17-24 $409,968.46 $367,048.01 $3,571.14 $46,796.11 $43,224.97
headshot Lashae Sharp-Collins (D)
County Education Professional
02-17-24 $200,835.13 $166,968.11 $53,990.43 $86,662.38 $32,671.95
* = Incumbent(s)
264,505 Registered Voters as of 02/20/24 D +24.93%
122,057 Voters
56,106 Voters
86,342 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 61.92% Dahle - 38.08% D +23.8%
2020 Presidential Biden - 65.5% Trump - 32.3% D +33.20%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 64.8% Cox - 35.2% D +29.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 65.4% Trump - 28.7% D +36.70%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
503,727 27.1% 43.1% 14.0% 16.2% 3.2% 1.3%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Colin Parent (D) 21,992 39.57%
Lashae Sharp-Collins (D) 16,854 30.32%
Racquel Vasquez (D) 16,733 30.11%
2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Akilah Weber (D) 67,674 63.87%
Corbin Sabol (R) 38,290 36.13%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Akilah Weber (D) 42,857 64.29%
Corbin Sabol (R) 16,651 24.98%
John Moore (R) 7,159 10.74%
2021 Special Election Results (April 6, 2021)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Akilah Weber (D) 33,161 51.97%
Marco Contreras (R) 21,332 33.43%
Leticia Munguia (D) 5,259 8.24%
Shane Parmely (D) 3,239 5.08%
Aeiramique Glass Blake (D) 817 1.28%