California State Legislature

State Senate, 39th District

District Analysis
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The 39th Senate District is a unique and vibrant region within San Diego County, characterized by its urbanized neighborhoods and culturally rich communities. This district includes the entirety of Coronado, El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, along with significant portions of the City of San Diego, including diverse neighborhoods like Hillcrest, North Park, Little Italy, Serra Mesa, Normal Heights, East San Diego, San Carlos, and Linda Vista.

Coronado, known for its picturesque beaches and historic Hotel del Coronado, presents a distinct coastal charm. It's also home to significant military installations, contributing to the district's military presence.

El Cajon, characterized by its more inland location, offers a blend of suburban and urban elements. The city is known for its cultural diversity and serves as a commercial and residential hub in the region.

La Mesa, often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Hills', combines its downtown village atmosphere with suburban residential areas. It's noted for its walkable neighborhoods and small-town feel within an urban setting.

Lemon Grove maintains a small-town character, famous for its large lemon monument, reflecting its historical roots in citrus farming.

The urban neighborhoods within the City of San Diego contribute significantly to the district's diversity. Hillcrest and North Park are known for their vibrant LGBTQ+ community and cultural inclusivity, hosting numerous events and festivals. Little Italy, a bustling neighborhood, offers a rich Italian cultural heritage with its array of restaurants, shops, and markets.

Serra Mesa, Normal Heights, East San Diego, San Carlos, and Linda Vista each add unique elements to the district. These areas range from family-friendly suburbs to dynamic urban spaces, offering diverse residential, commercial, and recreational experiences.

Education is a prominent aspect of this district, with major institutions like San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. These universities not only contribute to the youthful and educational atmosphere but also influence the local economy and cultural landscape.

The military presence in this district, especially in Coronado, is significant, adding to its strategic importance and demographic diversity.

Overall, the 39th Senate District is defined by its urban character, cultural diversity, strong educational institutions, and military influence, making it a distinct and dynamic part of San Diego County.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Akilah Weber (D)
Assemblymember, California State Legislature
02-17-24 $983,732.00 $364,071.70 $4,825.45 $625,204.18 $620,378.73
vacant_headshot Bob Divine (R)
Retired Navy Commander
No Reports $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
* = Incumbent(s)
587,273 Registered Voters as of 02/20/24 D +22.65%
269,035 Voters
136,037 Voters
182,201 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 62.33% Dahle - 37.67% D +24.7%
2020 Presidential Biden - 65.4% Trump - 32.3% D +33.10%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 63.3% Cox - 36.7% D +26.60%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 62.3% Trump - 31.5% D +30.80%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
1,033,627 43.9% 30.6% 10.5% 14.3% 3.0% 1.2%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Akilah Weber (D) 121,647 60.74%
Bob Divine (R) 78,637 39.26%
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Toni Atkins (D) 336,467 66.18%
Linda Blankenship (R) 171,952 33.82%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Toni Atkins (D) 212,626 91.94%
Linda Blankenship (R) 18,643 8.06%