City of San Diego

City Council, 3rd District

District Analysis
District map

San Diego's 3rd Council District is a vibrant and historically rich area, encompassing a mix of older, urban communities and significant cultural landmarks. This district is known for its diverse neighborhoods, which are united by their proximity to Balboa Park, a major common interest and cultural hub.

Balboa Park, a central feature of the district, is not just a park but a cultural heart of San Diego, home to museums, art galleries, and the San Diego Zoo. The park's influence on the surrounding neighborhoods is significant, shaping the cultural and recreational landscape of the district.

Neighborhoods like Hillcrest, North Park, South Park, and Golden Hill are integral to the district's identity. Hillcrest, in particular, is known for its vibrant LGBTQ community, playing a pivotal role in representing and providing a voice for LGBTQ residents within the district. The area's lively atmosphere, with a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, adds to its appeal.

North Park and South Park are celebrated for their historical charm, local arts scene, and community-focused living. These neighborhoods blend urban living with a strong sense of local identity, offering residents and visitors a blend of historical architecture, indie businesses, and cultural events.

Golden Hill, another neighborhood with historical significance, adds to the district's diverse urban fabric. It is known for its unique blend of residential areas and cultural spaces, contributing to the district's eclectic character.

The Downtown area, including neighborhoods like Core-Columbia, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and the Marina, is part of the district. This area is the urban center of San Diego, characterized by its high-rise buildings, commercial activities, and vibrant nightlife. Little Italy, in particular, stands out for its rich cultural heritage and has become a popular destination for its dining and festivals.

Mission Valley, added to the district for population balance, brings in a mix of commercial and residential development, playing a crucial role in the district's economic dynamics.

The district's boundaries were carefully considered to respect and acknowledge the historical presence and fair representation of the LGBTQ community, particularly south of Interstate 8. This attention to community representation is a key aspect of the district's identity.

In summary, the 3rd Council District is a dynamic and culturally rich area of San Diego, characterized by its blend of historic urban communities, cultural landmarks like Balboa Park, and the vibrant downtown area. The district's commitment to representing diverse communities, including a significant LGBTQ population, adds to its distinct and inclusive identity.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Stephen Whitburn* (D)
Councilmember, City of San Diego
02-17-24 $140,166.87 $63,652.99 $6,625.00 $83,140.93 $76,515.93
headshot Coleen Cusack (D)
Trial Attorney/K12 Educator
02-17-24 $13,488.87 $10,101.75 $500.00 $2,946.48 $2,446.48
headshot Kate Callen (D)
Community Volunteer
02-17-24 $24,658.68 $18,098.15 $240.00 $6,800.53 $6,560.53
headshot Ellis California Jones (R)
02-17-24 $2,277.76 $2,185.03 $0.00 $125.00 $125.00
* = Incumbent(s)
97,217 Registered Voters as of 01/18/24 D +44.33%
55,733 Voters
12,640 Voters
28,844 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 78.95% Dahle - 21.05% D +57.9%
2020 Presidential Biden - 79.5% Trump - 18.1% D +61.40%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 79.4% Cox - 20.6% D +58.80%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 76.0% Trump - 17.3% D +58.70%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
154,220 56.8% 23.7% 7.7% 10.5% 2.8% 0.8%

2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Stephen Whitburn (D) 49,119 63.03%
Toni Duran (D) 28,813 36.97%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Stephen Whitburn (D) 14,844 31.11%
Toni Duran (D) 10,836 22.71%
Chris Olsen 9,705 20.34%
Michelle Nguyen 8,340 17.48%
Adrian Kwiatkowski 3,996 8.37%