City of San Diego

City Council, 5th District

District Analysis
District map

San Diego's 5th Council District, situated in the northeastern part of the city, is a quintessentially suburban area defined by its family-friendly neighborhoods, educational affiliations with the Poway Unified School District, and shared concerns such as the threat of wildfires. The district includes Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Miramar Ranch, and parts of Torrey Highlands and Del Mar Mesa.

Black Mountain Ranch and Carmel Mountain Ranch are notable for their balance of residential areas and commercial developments, offering a comfortable suburban lifestyle with convenient amenities. Miramar Ranch North and Scripps Ranch blend residential living with access to natural spaces, appealing to families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Rancho Bernardo combines residential communities with business parks and recreational areas, reflecting the district's ability to balance living spaces with economic development.

Rancho Peñasquitos stands out for its picturesque landscapes and commitment to preserving natural beauty, typical of the district's inclination towards suburban comfort and outdoor living. Sabre Springs and San Pasqual add to the district's appeal with their serene environments and community-focused living. Torrey Highlands and parts of Del Mar Mesa, though partially included, contribute to the suburban fabric of the district.

A significant aspect of this district is the concern for wildfires, a shared issue among many of its neighborhoods. This concern shapes community priorities and planning. The district's geography, marked by Interstate 15 and State Route 56, plays a crucial role in defining its boundaries and providing connectivity across these communities.

In essence, the 5th Council District is a representation of suburban San Diego, characterized by its family-oriented neighborhoods, educational connections, and natural landscapes. The district's layout, community interests, and concerns reflect a cohesive suburban experience within the larger urban context of San Diego.

104,988 Registered Voters as of 01/19/24 D +9.99%
40,675 Voters
30,191 Voters
34,122 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 55.98% Dahle - 44.02% D +12.0%
2020 Presidential Biden - 60.3% Trump - 37.5% D +22.80%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 53.1% Cox - 46.9% D +6.20%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 54.6% Trump - 39.8% D +14.80%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
158,747 50.5% 10.8% 3.3% 34.6% 1.5% 0.8%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marni Von Wilpert (D)
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marni Von Wilpert (D) 43,630 53.25%
Joe Leventhal (R) 38,308 46.75%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Marni Von Wilpert (D) 18,084 39.78%
Joe Leventhal (R) 16,778 36.91%
Isaac Wang 8,764 19.28%
Simon Moghadam 1,836 4.04%