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October 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – As nonpartisan, nonprofit media, East County Magazine does not endorse candidates. W strive to provide information on all sides of ballot initiatives and issues, along with candidate interviews, videos of debates and forums, and more.

View our updated Voter Guide below for in-depth info on statewide ballot initiatives, local bond measures, and candidates for local, state and national offices.




Bafffled by the ballot initiatives? Our guide to the pros and cons of Props 30 through 40


East County School Districts ask voters to support bond measures


SMARTVOTER.ORG:  League of Women Voters nonpartisan voter information

VOTESMART.ORG: Nonpartisan information includes voting records, interest group ratings, financial contributions and more in-depth information on candidates


SAN DIEGO GREEN CANDIDATES FORUM (candidates for Congress, Mayor, Legislature, Supervisor)

Winds of change: Forum airs candidates views on green issues (video and article)



 La Mesa voters: council race:

 El Cajon voters: Council race

Lemon Grove:  Council race

Santee: Council and mayoral race


Lakeside Fire District

Candidates’ values clash: Former Chief runs against Board member who fired him

San Miguel Fire District

                Randy Dibb

                William Kiel

                Dan McMillan

                John Revels

                Dave Rickards

                Karrie Johnston Scully

San Miguel votes to move forward to outsource firefighting services to Cal Fire

San Miguel approves Cal Fire agreement


Candidates offer clashing views, prescrptions for change in Grossmont Healthcare District


Judicial candidates make their case for Superior Court seat at Foothills Bar forum

Judicial temperatment? Facebook posts, lawsuit raise judgment issues in contentious Superior Court race

Bench seat: Miller makes runoff despite Facebook flap as conservatives sweep judicial races

Legal profession calls on public to say no to unqualified judges, oppose Miller candidacy

Lincoln Club withdraws endorsement of Jim Miller in face of ethics concerns, endorses Amador


Grossmont Union High School District

                A learning experience: candidates clash at forum hosted by ECM

                Fact check on the GUHSD candidates’ claims

                Grand jury investigation of board majority launched, trustee says

                Zach Miller: genius teen runs for school board

                Priscilla Schreiber: trustee wants to continue to meet district’s needs

                Barbara Stevens: strives to do “right thing for parents and students

                Jim Stieringer: believes he can create harmony among board members

                Bill Weaver: Alpine High School champion hopes to be voice for parents’ and students’ needs

                Gary Woods: GUHSD trustee seeks reelection, defends stances on bond monies amid probe

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

                Bill Baber

                Jay Steiger

                Emma Turner

Mountain Empire Unified School District

                Candidates and bond measure information

Poway Unified School District

Candidate forum

Santee School District:

                Elena Levana Craig

                Gabriel Pina

SUPERVISOR (Steve Danon did not respond to an interview request)

Dave Roberts charts moderate path in quest to win seat on Board of Supervisors



Helix Water District 1:  John Linden

(Note, Linden's opponent, Mario Tilario, did not respond to our questionnaire but did answer questions from U-T San Diego.)

Helix Water District 3: Journalist, businesswoman Lori Kern Greenberg challenges incumbent Muse

Helix Water District 5: Scalzitti challenges Smith, says directors are “asleep at the wheel”

Padre Dam Municipal Water District Seat 4: Environmental health specialist challenges incumbent on water quality issues

Otay Water District Seat 5: Four candidates vie: David Charles and Mark Robak respond to questionnaire

Otay Water District Seat 2: Mitch Thompson makes case for reelection



PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES (videos, text, fact checks and analysis)

Debate 1: Domestic issues

Debate 2: Undecided voters pose questions

Debate 3: Foreign policy

Vice presidential debate


49th Congressional District (Darrell Issa has not responded to interview requests)

Jerry Tetalman strives to stand for `public good’ in 49th Congressional District

Rep. Darrell Issa earns dishonorable mention in CREW’s most corrupt report

50th Congressional District (Duncan Hunter has not responded to interview requests)

A look at Duncan Hunter's record

David (Secor) and Goliath (Hunter) fight it out for 50th Congressional District

Hunter cancels only debate, Secor accuses opponent of hiding to mask “extremist” positions

A “working man” enters Congressional race: David Secor challenges hunter on jobs, Social Security, East County poverty and more

Secor editorial: Hunter believes corporations are people, women are not

51st Congressional District ( Juan Vargas has not responded to interview requests)

Michael Crimmins wants to restore American Dream

52nd Congressional District (Note: Brian Bilbray has not responded to interview requests)

Peters makes case for electability in new 52nd Congressional District

National committee to protect Social Security, Medicare backs Peters

Environmental groups endorse  Peters

Opponents hammer Bilbray on votes against women’s issues

Congressman Bilbray accused of being slumlord

53rd Congressional District

(Note: Nick Popaditch has not responded to interview requests.)

Meet Congresswoman Susan Davis: East County's new rep fights for middle class, military families, women and consumers

View links to past stories on Davis’ bills and stances on issues: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/search/node/susan%20davis




36th State Senate District:

 Block, Plescia via in heated race


79th Assembly District:

 The Businesswoman and the Teacher (Mary England vs. Dr. Shirley Weber)

77th Assembly District: RJ Hernandez sees investment in innovation, business and middle class as keys to restoring CA economy

71st Assembly District:

A conversation with the dark horse: Pat Hurley shares plan to bring jobs, improve lives in East County

Assemblyman Brian Jones reflects on first term accomplishments, goals for the future

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