City of San Diego

City Council, 9th District

Sean Elo-Rivera

Sean Elo-Rivera

Democrat | Birthdate: Nov 22, 1982 (Age 41)

Councilmember, City of San Diego

District Analysis
District map

San Diego's 9th Council District is a culturally diverse and densely populated area, known for its large immigrant community, economic diversity, and urban character. The district encompasses parts of City Heights, College Area, Eastern Area, Kensington-Talmadge, Mission Valley, Normal Heights, and Southeastern San Diego, along with various neighborhoods such as Adams North, El Cerrito, Grantville, Kensington, Normal Heights, Rolando, Stockton, and Talmadge.

A key aspect of the district is its significant immigrant population from various parts of the world, including Latin America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. This diversity is reflected in the community's unique needs and interests, particularly in areas such as affordable housing, economic development, and access to facilities and transit.

Normal Heights and Adams North are connected to the district through major corridors like University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard. These areas are known for their vibrant urban life, small businesses, and community-focused initiatives. The move of Normal Heights from District 3 to District 9 was influenced by population balancing and the distinct boundary created by Interstate 805.

The district also has a substantial number of low-income residents, many of whom are new immigrants. This shared economic background has influenced the district's focus on issues such as affordable housing and jobs.

The College Area, with the presence of San Diego State University (SDSU), plays a significant role in the district. The university's impact on surrounding areas, particularly regarding traffic and housing, is a key consideration. The inclusion of the Qualcomm neighborhood in District 9, the site of a new SDSU development, reflects this connection.

The Commission also responded to requests from residents of neighborhoods like Rolando Park and Redwood Village to be moved to District 9, reflecting community preferences and shared interests.

Natural boundaries such as Interstate 8, Interstate 805, parts of Highway 94, and the city limits define the district's geography. This layout helps maintain the district's cohesiveness despite its diverse composition.

District 9 has a majority-minority Latino population, representing a significant portion of the total population, alongside notable Black and Asian communities. This diversity is a defining characteristic of the district, reflected in its demographic makeup.

In summary, the 9th Council District of San Diego is characterized by its urban density, cultural diversity, and significant immigrant population. The district's emphasis on addressing the needs of low-income and immigrant residents, combined with the influence of SDSU and the presence of vibrant urban corridors, makes it a unique and dynamic part of San Diego, showcasing the city's rich ethnic and cultural tapestry.

73,868 Registered Voters as of 01/19/24 D +39.84%
39,602 Voters
10,170 Voters
24,096 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 75.62% Dahle - 24.38% D +51.2%
2020 Presidential Biden - 76.5% Trump - 21.2% D +55.30%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 77.0% Cox - 23.0% D +54.00%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 75.5% Trump - 17.9% D +57.60%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
157,645 28.1% 43.6% 12.6% 15.9% 3.2% 0.8%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Terry Hoskins (D)
Sean Elo-Rivera (D)
Fernando Garcia (DTS)
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Sean Elo-Rivera (D) 26,835 62.66%
Kelvin Barrios (D) 15,990 37.34%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Kelvin Barrios (D) 7,426 31.62%
Sean Elo-Rivera (D) 4,819 20.52%
Johnny Lee Dang 3,473 14.79%
Andrew Gade 2,222 9.46%
Ross Naismith 1,997 8.5%
Sam Bedwell 1,986 8.46%
Alex Soto 1,564 6.66%