By Miriam Raftery
November 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – By large margins, legislative candidates representing East County have won their reelection bids. Republican State Senator Joel Anderson leads Democratic challenger Fotios “Frank” Tsimboukakis by a 69.29% to 30.71% margin, with 37.7% of votes counted in the 38th district.
In the 40th State Senate District, where two Democrats are in a run-off due to the top-two primary system, incumbent Senator Ben Hueso leads challenger Rafael Estrada 55.29% to 44.71% with a third of all precincts counted in San Diego County, though results from Imperial County are not yet available. Hueso enjoys the substantial lead despite an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In the 71st Assembly District, where voters had a choice between two Republican candidates, incumbent Assemblyman Brian Jones has cinched victory over Tony Teora. With over 40% of votes counted, Jones has 72.36% to Teora’s 27.64% of the vote.
Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is breezing to an easy victory over her independent challenger George Williams. Weber has nearly 61% of the vote to Williams’ 39% with 28.7% of precincts counted.