California's 78th State Assembly district

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California's 78th State Assembly district
Map of the district
Current assemblymember
  Chris Ward
DSan Diego
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
 • Citizen voting age
461,885[1]
399,987[1]
352,199[1]
Demographics
Registered voters291,918[2]
Registration47.46% Democratic
20.41% Republican
26.33% No party preference

California's 78th State Assembly district is one of 80 California State Assembly districts. It is currently represented by Democrat Chris Ward of San Diego.

District profile[edit]

The district takes in a stretch of San Diego County's coast from Solana Beach to the Mexican border, including part of San Diego Bay and coastal San Diego. It comprises a variety of communities, including Downtown San Diego, beachfront neighborhoods, UC San Diego, and a military base.

Election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Results
2018 Governor Newsom 69.4 – 30.6%
Senator Feinstein 56.4 – 43.6%
2016 President Clinton 67.5 – 25.9%
Senator Harris 68.0 – 32.0%
2014 Governor Brown 62.7 – 37.3%
2012 President Obama 63.1 – 34.1%
Senator Feinstein 65.2 – 34.8%

List of Assembly Members[edit]

Due to redistricting, the 78th district has been moved around different parts of the state. The current iteration resulted from the 2011 redistricting by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Assembly Members Party Years Served Counties Represented Notes
E. E. Edwards Republican January 5, 1885 - January 3, 1887 Los Angeles
William H. Spurgeon Democratic January 3, 1887 - January 7, 1889
E. E. Edwards Republican January 7, 1889 - January 5, 1891
Abel Guy Smith January 5, 1891 - January 2, 1893 Los Angeles, Orange
John C. Lynch January 2, 1893 - January 4, 1897 San Bernadrino
T. H. Goff January 4, 1897 - January 2, 1899
Frank P. Meserve Independent January 2, 1899 - January 1, 1901
Cornelius Gerrit Hendrik Bennink Republican January 1, 1901 - January 5, 1903
Frank Dunham Lewis January 5, 1903 - January 2, 1905 Riverside
Miguel Estudillo January 2, 1905 - January 4, 1909
Emerson B. Collier January 4, 1909 - January 2, 1911
George Robert Freeman January 2, 1911 - January 6, 1913
H. W. Moorhouse January 6, 1913 - January 4, 1915 Imperial
Robert Ezra Wills Democratic January 4, 1915 - January 6, 1919 Ran as a Republican for his 2nd term.
Republican
James Stanley Brown January 6, 1919 - January 3, 1921
W. Frank Beal January 3, 1921 - January 8, 1923
George H. Davis January 8, 1923 - January 5, 1925
Albert C. Finney January 5, 1925 - January 3, 1927
Myron D. Witter January 3, 1927 - January 5, 1931
George B. Bowers January 5, 1931 - January 7, 1935 San Diego
Ralph W. Wallace January 7, 1935 - January 4, 1937
Jeanette E. Daley Democratic January 4, 1937 - January 4, 1943
Frederick H. Kraft Republican January 4, 1943 - January 6, 1947
Frank Luckel January 6, 1947 - January 7, 1963
E. Richard Barnes January 7, 1963 - January 8, 1973
Lawrence Kapiloff Democratic January 8, 1973 - September 3, 1982 Resigned from the Assembly.
Lucy Killea December 6, 1982 - December 21, 1989 Resigned to be sworn in the 39th Senate district after winning special election.[3]
Jeff Marston Republican June 7, 1990 - November 30, 1990 Sworn in after winning special election.[4]
Mike Gotch Democratic December 3, 1990 – November 30, 1992
Dede Alpert December 7, 1992 - November 30, 1996
Howard Wayne December 2, 1996 - November 30, 2002
Shirley Horton Republican December 2, 2002 - November 30, 2008
Marty Block Democratic December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Toni G. Atkins December 3, 2012 - November 30, 2016
Todd Gloria December 5, 2016 - November 30, 2020
Chris Ward December 7, 2020 - present

Election results 1992 - present[edit]

2020[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2020
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Ward 69,125 55.6%
Democratic Sarah Davis 34,410 27.7%
Democratic Micah Perlin 20,741 16.7%
Total votes 124,276 100.0%
General election
Democratic Chris Ward 123,755 56.2%
Democratic Sarah Davis 96,486 43.8%
Total votes 220,241 100.0%
Democratic hold

2018[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Gloria (incumbent) 79,738 71.2
Republican Maggie J. Campbell 32,250 28.8
Total votes 111,988 100.0
General election
Democratic Todd Gloria (incumbent) 140,598 71.1
Republican Maggie J. Campbell 57,217 28.9
Total votes 197,815 100.0
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Gloria 91,602 71.8
Republican Kevin D. Melton 36,013 28.2
Total votes 127,615 100.0
General election
Democratic Todd Gloria 145,850 69.1
Republican Kevin D. Melton 65,134 30.9
Total votes 178,242 100.0
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Toni Atkins (incumbent) 45,922 60.2
Republican Barbara Decker 21,545 28.2
Republican Kevin D. Melton 8,855 11.6
Total votes 76,322 100.0
General election
Democratic Toni Atkins (incumbent) 72,224 61.6
Republican Barbara Decker 45,088 38.4
Total votes 117,312 100.0
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Toni Atkins (incumbent) 54,175 59.8
Republican Ralph Denney 25,291 27.9
Republican Robert E. Williams 11,121 12.3
Total votes 90,587 100.0
General election
Democratic Toni Atkins (incumbent) 116,987 62.4
Republican Ralph Denney 70,526 37.6
Total votes 187,513 100.0
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

2010 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marty Block (incumbent) 72,036 59.3
Republican Rick L. Powell 49,455 40.7
Total votes 121,491 100.0
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

2008 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marty Block 93,938 55.49
Republican John McCann 75,350 44.51
Total votes 169,288 100.00
Turnout   72.07
Democratic gain from Republican

2006[edit]

2006 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shirley Horton (incumbent) 51,983 50.89
Democratic Maxine Sherard 46,846 45.86
Libertarian Geof Gibson 3,324 3.25
Total votes 102,153 100.00
Turnout   48.03
Republican hold

2004[edit]

2004 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shirley Horton (incumbent) 76,886 49.05
Democratic Patty Davis 74,888 47.78
Libertarian Josh Hale 4,969 3.17
Total votes 156,743 100.00
Republican hold

2002[edit]

2002 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shirley Horton 45,844 49.36
Democratic Vincent Hall 44,215 47.60
Libertarian Mark Menanno 2,823 3.04
Invalid or blank votes 5,429 5.52
Total votes 98,311 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

2000[edit]

2000 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Wayne (incumbent) 79,764 56.06
Republican John Steel 54,700 38.44
Libertarian Dennis Triglia 5,978 4.20
Natural Law Raymond C. Wingfield 1,840 1.29
Invalid or blank votes 15,357 9.74
Total votes 157,639 100.00
Democratic hold

1998[edit]

1998 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Wayne (incumbent) 65,566 56.61
Republican Jean Roesch 44,484 38.40
Libertarian John Murphy 3,551 3.07
Natural Law Stuart Knoles 2,228 1.92
Invalid or blank votes 14,010 10.79
Total votes 129,839 100.00
Democratic hold

1996[edit]

1996 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Wayne 69,587 48.68
Republican Tricia Hunter 65,440 45.78
American Independent Nathan E. Johnson 7,475 5.23
No party Elizabeth Lenardi (write-in) 453 0.32
Invalid or blank votes 9,624 6.43
Total votes 152,579 100.00
Democratic hold

1994[edit]

1994 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dierdre "Dede" Alpert 63,557 52.54
Republican Bruce Henderson 53,980 44.62
Peace and Freedom James Fife 3,437 2.84
Invalid or blank votes 8,099 6.27
Total votes 129,073 100.00
Democratic hold

1992[edit]

1992 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deirdre "Dede" Alpert (inc.) 81,819 53.39
Republican Jeff Marston 63,293 41.30
Peace and Freedom Sally Sherry O'Brien 7,792 5.08
No party Dan van Tieghem (write-in) 353 0.23
Invalid or blank votes 22,145 12.63
Total votes 175,402 100.00
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Citizens Redistricting Commission Final Report, 2011" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Report of Registration as of July 3, 2020" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Lucy Killea" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  4. ^ "Jeff Marston Sworn in" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.

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