California State Legislature

State Senate, 18th District

District Analysis
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The 18th Senate District, spanning across Imperial County and portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties, stands out due to its unique geographical and cultural characteristics. This district encapsulates a wide range of environments, from desert landscapes to bustling border cities, each contributing to its distinct identity.

Cities like Blythe, located on the eastern edge of Riverside County, and Needles in San Bernardino County, are characterized by their desert environments and proximity to the Colorado River, making them key areas in the district for water-related concerns and recreation.

In Imperial County, cities such as Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, and Westmorland are deeply connected to the district's agricultural profile. These areas are integral to California's farming output, with a focus on a variety of crops and livestock.

The city of Calexico, adjacent to its Mexican counterpart, Mexicali, highlights the district's proximity to the US/Mexico border. This location brings unique economic, cultural, and social dynamics to the district, especially in terms of cross-border relations and commerce.

Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and National City in San Diego County contribute urban elements to the district. Chula Vista, the second-largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, offers a mix of coastal living, suburban neighborhoods, and commercial zones. Imperial Beach, located on the coast, is known for its beachfront and pier. National City, one of the oldest cities in San Diego County, adds historical and cultural depth to the district.

The City of San Diego's portion within this district includes communities that experience direct impacts from the district's proximity to the international border, influencing local culture and economy.

Agriculture is a central theme across much of this district, with a significant portion of the land dedicated to farming and related industries. This agricultural focus ties closely with the concerns related to water resources, particularly from the Colorado River Basin.

The Salton Sea, a critical ecological site within the district, represents shared environmental concerns. The area around the Salton Sea faces unique challenges, including environmental degradation and public health issues.

In summary, the 18th Senate District is defined by its diverse mix of desert landscapes, agricultural communities, border cities, and urban areas. The shared concerns related to the Salton Sea, agriculture, the Colorado River Basin, and the US/Mexico border are central to understanding the district's unique geographic and cultural makeup. This district exemplifies a region where environmental, economic, and cross-border dynamics converge, creating a complex and multifaceted area within Southern California.

511,862 Registered Voters as of 01/23/24 D +25.20%
240,552 Voters
111,578 Voters
159,732 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 59.0% Dahle - 41.0% D +18.0%
2020 Presidential Biden - 64.1% Trump - 33.9% D +30.20%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 63.4% Cox - 36.6% D +26.80%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 67.1% Trump - 27.8% D +39.30%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
970,127 16.0% 69.0% 5.5% 10.1% 3.6% 0.8%

2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Steve Padilla (D) 115,103 59.85%
Alejandro Galicia (R) 77,223 40.15%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Steve Padilla (D) 74,495 60.97%
Alejandro Galicia (R) 47,689 39.03%