North County Report: 10 Candidates Are Now Seeking Issa’s Seat

 Demonstrators celebrate Congressman Darrell Issa’s announcement that he was retiring. / Photo by Rachel Rott

Demonstrators celebrate Congressman Darrell Issa’s announcement that he was retiring. / Photo by Rachel Rott


A new week has brought two more Republicans and one more Democrat into the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th Congressional District, meaning the total number of contenders is now 10.

This is going to be a wild ride.

The newest candidates join three Republicans who emerged shortly after the congressman announced plans not to retire on Jan. 10, as well as four Democrats who’d been running against him for months.

The latest Republican is San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Brian Maryott. The Union-Tribune reports that Maryott self-financed his first City Council campaign in 2016 and intends to spend $100,000 of his own money on the congressional race.

Maryott told the U-T that Congress needs to do more to support President Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton carried the county with 57 percent of the vote, compared to Trump’s 37 percent.

With more moderate Republicans running, like Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, the June primary is likely to be a test of GOP re-branding efforts in California. State Board of Equalization chair Diane Harkey is in the running, too, and so is attorney Joshua Schoonover.

Also this week, Voice’s Jesse Marx broke the news that San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar had established a fundraising committee with the Federal Election Commission to run in the 49th District. Gaspar is the former mayor of Encinitas, and she was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. She was once a supporter of President Trump, putting her among the handful of county Republicans.

The day after news broke of her candidacy, Gaspar directed $300,000 from a county fund to be given to local nonprofit groups. The U-T reported that, among the 11 beneficiaries, one is listed as delinquent with the California Attorney General and another is not registered as a non-profit group with the state.

The San Diego County Democratic Party website also lists Christina Prejean as the latest contender on the left. The others are Doug Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Mike Levin and Paul Kerr.

via Voice of San Diego.