California's 79th State Assembly district

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California's 79th State Assembly district
Map of the district
Current assemblymember
  Akilah Weber
DLa Mesa
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
 • Citizen voting age
466,416[1]
351,301[1]
283,225[1]
Demographics
Registered voters281,241[2]
Registration44.75% Democratic
22.03% Republican
26.96% No party preference

California's 79th State Assembly district is one of 80 California State Assembly districts. It is currently represented by Democrat Akilah Weber of La Mesa, California, who was elected on April 6th, 2021 following the resignation of Democrat Shirley Weber, who assumed the position of California Secretary of State. [3]

District profile[edit]

The district encompasses southeastern San Diego and its closest eastern suburbs. The ethnically and socioeconomically diverse district is a mix of urban and suburban areas, with density roughly proportional to the distance from Downtown San Diego.

Election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Results
2020 President Biden 65.6 – 32.3%
2018 Governor Newsom 63.6 – 36.8%
Senator Feinstein 55.4 – 44.6%
2016 President Clinton 64.2 – 30.0%
Senator Harris 57.0 – 43.0%
2014 Governor Brown 59.4 – 40.6%
2012 President Obama 61.2 – 36.9%
Senator Feinstein 63.2 – 36.8%

List of Assembly Members[edit]

Due to redistricting, the 79th 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
Truman Reeves Republican January 5, 1885 - January 3, 1887 San Bernardino
Hiram M. Barton Democratic January 3, 1887 - January 7, 1889
Elmer W. Holmes Republican January 7, 1889 - January 5, 1891
John C. Lynch January 5, 1891 - January 2, 1893
William H. Carlson Independent January 2, 1893 - January 7, 1895 San Diego
Wilfred R. Guy Republican January 7, 1895 - January 2, 1899
Lewis R. Works January 2, 1899 - January 1, 1901
Frank W. Barnes January 1, 1901 - January 7, 1907
William French Ludington January 7, 1907 - January 4, 1909
Edward Cunningham Hinkle January 4, 1909 - January 4, 1915
Grant Conard January 4, 1915 - January 8, 1917
Hugh J. Baldwin January 8, 1917 - January 6, 1919
Fred E. Lindley January 6, 1919 - January 3, 1921
James O. Bishop January 3, 1921 - January 8, 1923
Philip Arthur Whitacre January 8, 1923 - January 5, 1925
Byron J. Walters January 5, 1925 - January 7, 1929
William E. Harper January 7, 1929 - January 5, 1931
Edwin L. Head January 5, 1931 - January 2, 1933
Bruce R. Stannard January 2, 1933 - January 7, 1935
Paul A. Richie Democratic January 7, 1935 - January 4, 1943
Kathryn T. Niehouse Republican January 4, 1943 - January 3, 1955 From the time she served in the Assembly. She was the only Woman in the Legislature.
Wanda Sankary Democratic January 3, 1955 - January 7, 1957
George Goeddel Crawford Republican January 7, 1957 - February 15, 1960 Resigns from the Assembly to become Judge for the San Diego Municipal Court.[4]
George J. Lapthorne Democratic November 30, 1960 - January 2, 1961 Sworn in after winning special election[5] to fill the remaining term of George Crawford until his successor is sworn in.[6]
James R. Mills January 2, 1961 - January 2, 1967
Frederick James Bear January 2, 1967 - January 6, 1969
Tom Hom Republican January 6, 1969 - January 4, 1971
Peter R. Chacon Democratic January 4, 1971 - November 30, 1992
Stephen Peace December 7, 1992 - January 10, 1994 Resigned to be sworn into the 40th Senate district after winning special election.[7]
Denise Moreno Ducheny April 14, 1994 - November 30, 2000 Sworn in after winning special election.[8]
Juan Vargas December 4, 2000 - November 30, 2006
Mary Salas December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2010
Ben Hueso December 6, 2010 - November 30, 2012
Shirley Weber December 3, 2012 - January 28, 2021 Resigned to become California's Secretary of State.[9]
Akilah Weber April 19, 2021 - present Sworn in after winning special election.[10]

Election results[edit]

2021 (special)[edit]

California's 79th State Assembly district special election, 2021
Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Shirley Weber
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Akilah Weber 33,197 51.97
Republican Marco Contreras 21,359 33.44
Democratic Leticia Munguia 5,263 8.24
Democratic Shane Suzanne Parmely 3,241 5.07
Democratic Aeiramique Glass-Blake 818 1.28
Total votes 64,189 100.0
Democratic hold

2020[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2020
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 74,121 65.7
Republican John Moore 19,619 17.4
Republican Carmelita "C.L." Larrabaster 19,080 16.9
Total votes 112,820 100.0
General election
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 147,994 65.4
Republican John Moore 78,367 34.6
Total votes 226,361 100

2018[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 51,395 63.7
Republican John Moore 29,324 36.3
Total votes 80,719 100.0
General election
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 103,533 66.8
Republican John Moore 51,548 33.2
Total votes 155,081 100.0
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 64,395 67.7
Republican John Moore 30,711 32.3
Total votes 95,106 100.0
General election
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 114,080 65.2
Republican John Moore 60,827 34.8
Total votes 174,907 100.0
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 35,886 99.7
American Independent George R. Williams (write-in) 115 0.3
Total votes 36,001 100.0
General election
Democratic Shirley Weber (incumbent) 49,264 61.9
American Independent George R. Williams 30,266 38.1
Total votes 79,530 100.0
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shirley Weber 20,293 30.5
Republican Mary England 19,313 29.1
Republican Matt Mendoza 8,857 13.3
Democratic Rudy Ramirez 7,533 11.3
Democratic Patricia Ann Washington 5,404 8.1
Democratic Sid Voorakkara 5,060 7.6
Total votes 66,460 100.0
General election
Democratic Shirley Weber 94,170 61.7
Republican Mary England 58,424 38.3
Total votes 152,594 100.0
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. ^ https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-02/gov-newsom-announces-special-election-to-fill-seat-of-former-assemblywoman-shirley-weber
  4. ^ "George G. Crawford Resigns" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  5. ^ "George Lapthorne Sworn in" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  6. ^ "Archie Moore Is Loser In Bid For Assembly Seat". cdnc.ucr.edu.
  7. ^ "Steve Peace Resignation letter" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  8. ^ "Denise Moreno Ducheny Sworn in" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  9. ^ "Shirley Weber Resignation letter" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  10. ^ "Akilah Weber Sworn in" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.

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