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Poll: Who Is Getting Your Vote in 51st Congressional District Race?

Seven candidates vie for open seat formerly held by Bob Filner in Democratic-leaning district.

A week from now, Imperial Beach residents will help decide who will vie for a seat in Congress now held by Democrat Bob Filner. Four Democrats and three Republicans are on the ballot in the 51st Congressional District. A pair will emerge under the new top-two primary system. Who is getting your support June 5? Tell us why in the comments.

Libi Uremovic May 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
unless i know a candidate i usually vote for the independent...but i see that is not an option for me...... maybe i'll vote for xanthi in the hopes that his last name is pronounced 'cojones'...we need representatives with some balls ...
David B Secor May 30, 2012 at 04:34 AM
FYI - Juan Vargas is owned body and soul by the insurance lobby, and personally blocked the State Single-Payer Insurance plan from going into effect. That means the uninsured are going to our emergency rooms across the state at enormous cost to us. And those emergency room costs are passed on - added to OUR insurance premiums. Regardless of your party affiliation, unless you are an insurance agent, he's not your guy.
Jon Hall May 30, 2012 at 03:38 PM
FYI: Filner has NEVER represented Imperial Beach - the 51st stops at the city line of San Diego - a lovely example of Gerrymandering ...
Dick Pilgrim May 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The new 51st congressional district boundaries have changed to include Imperial Beach - we are no longer in the 53rd district. See http://tinyurl.com/3h57fcq for a map of the old district vs. the new. Denise Moreno Ducheny has shown her merit as a member of the assembly and senate. She knows our area and listens to her constituents - not the money!
Jennifer Gittings May 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I have had the pleasure of knowing candidate John Brooks for many years through his work with a non-profit organization. A retired federal officer, he is a kind, classy individual who is passionate about this country, San Diego, and education, as well as the environment and the arts. I wish there were more candidates like him!
Mike G May 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Juan Vargas has never met a voter block that he wont hollowly pander to. IMO he is a publicity whore that is too cowardly to debate one-on-one with the only other viable candidate for fear of exposing his extremely far left agenda. I'm not anti-organized labor but I'll not give unions non-competitive free reign either. Please don't give this career politician butt-monkey another opportunity to further hasten California's demise.
Xanthi Gionis June 01, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Hello Libi, thank you so very much for your post and most importantly for your consideration in the casting of your precious vote for me in California's 51st Congressional District, Xanthi Gionis (pronounced "Zanthy" and "Jonas," by the way, like the Jonas Brothers :)). Although I am a woman, rest assured that I am in fact a very strong and determined candidate in this race and as a long-time businesswoman and educator, I am not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary in Washington to move our nation forward. Our 51st District deserves good representation that is able to obtain results for our constituents. I am prepared to deliver results to our District. Also, your post is quite timely, as this past Tuesday evening, I proudly received the political endorsement of the Independent Party, through their vetting process, I-Caucus. Thereby making me BOTH the ENDORSED INDEPENDENT AND ENDORSED REPUBLICAN candidate in this race for U.S. Congress. I am the ONLY candidate in my race endorsed by TWO POLITICAL PARTIES!!!! So, I am exactly the Independent candidate that you have been looking for after all :))) Early in my campaign, I designated myself as the People's Congresswoman, recognizing my strength in representing each and every constituent in the 51st District well, regardless of political party or ideology. What I would like to focus on is opportunities for all. I look forward to being your Representative in Congress!!! Thank you for your Vote on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
Mike G June 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Juan Vargas' next big legislative contribution.... stricter regulations on pet groomers. This is how this uber-liberal ass clown prioritizes the issues facing our state. Please send this idiot packing for the unemployment line before he does further irreparable damage.
Tim W. June 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Xanthi isn't being honest about her endorsements. This is not a good start. Independent party is a radical offshoot of the Republican party like the Tea Party. These are not "independent voters" they have a very very low voter registration due to their radical nature and bizarre ideas on the constitution. Second according to Icaucus Xanthi is not listed as an endorsed candidate. This just seems like more of the same from a wannabe politician.
Richard Nickles June 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
how great john is
mls June 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I've met John Brooks and have to say he is a really stand-up guy. He believes strongly in expanding educational opportunity and in protecting the environment. And he really just wants to give people the same opportunities he had to go to school, have a great job and make one's own path in the world. He genuinely wants to make Congress more responsive to its constituents, too, so come June 5th, I hope everyone will vote for him and help make that happen!
Tim W. June 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I had never heard of John Brooks before this thread, but I just visited his website and I like what I see! I also read something where he said (paraphrased) "If we keep electing the same people we are going to keep getting the same problems" That is enough for my vote.
T. Ewor June 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Xanthi Gionis is in fact endorsed by the I-Caucus in this race. I happened to be present at the San Diego I-Caucus meeting just this morning, a campaign rep for her thanked them for her endorsement, said she was out of town in Washington, D.C., meeting with national supporters of her campaign to Congress later this year. Doesn't sound like a "wannabee" to me. Heard her speak at an event last month and she completely out-shined her opponents. One of them, clueless, mentioned here said if elected, he would "enforce" U.S. wage minimums on corporations operating abroad. I wanted to burst out laughing from the audience. Obviously, someone with ABSOLUTELY NO CONCEPT of international law and foreign sovereignty. If we send anyone other than Gionis or perhaps Vargas to Congress, we will be the laughing stock of the ENTIRE NATION! Remember, most Representatives have studied law. They would need to sit our representative down and explain very slowly with pictures what the U.S. Constitution is, how it works and then from there how various countries in the world play together!!!! Let's just STOP "AMATEUR NIGHT" on Wednesday, get some REAL REPRESENTATION in Congress. FYI, the I-Caucus is now a national organization with thousands of members and growing strong. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!
T. Ewor June 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Xanthi Gionis IS IN FACT endorsed by the I-Caucus in this race. There at the San Diego I-Caucus meeting this morning. Her campaign rep thanked them for her endorsement, said she was out of town in Washington, D.C., meeting with national supporters of her campaign to Congress later this year. Doesn't sound like a "wannabee" to me. Heard her speak at an event last month and she completely sunk her opponents. One of them, clueless, mentioned above by someone, said if elected, he would "enforce" U.S. wage minimums on corporations operating abroad. I wanted to burst out laughing. Obviously, someone with ABSOLUTELY NO CONCEPT of international law and/or foreign national sovereignty. If we send anyone other than Gionis or perhaps Vargas to Congress, we will be the laughing stock of the ENTIRE NATION AS USUAL! Remember, most Congressmen are lawyers and international businessmen. They would need to sit our representative down and explain very slowly with pictures what the U.S. Constitution is, how it works and then from there how various countries in the world "play" together!!!! Let's just STOP "AMATEUR NIGHT" on Wednesday, and get some REAL REPRESENTATION in Congress. FYI, the I-Caucus is a national organization, thousands of members and growing strong. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!
Libi Uremovic June 03, 2012 at 12:54 AM
what's the i-caucus? are you talking about the independent party, because on the ballot she is not endorsed by the indi party
Libi Uremovic June 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
i-caucus = tea party = gop the gop will never get the vote of me or any other rational person if they are part of the tea party, the birther party, or any other gop off-shoot that has done nothing in the last 4 years but create a distraction. there's a saying in puerto rico: 'a monkey dressed in the finest suit of clothes is still a monkey' we desperately need a conservative party in this country....the gop abandoned conservative values in 1979 and officially threw out any remaining conservatives in '08...
Libi Uremovic June 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
i-caucus is directly connected to the tea party.....which is just the gop wearing a wig and fooling the fools ...
S. Medrano June 04, 2012 at 02:14 AM
just to clarify your post "conservative" I guess that would not qualify any of the dems in the race who are looking to put abortion clinics at every corner so that abortions can be more "convenient" to young women oh and lets not forget they are supporting that nurses perform the abortions who will they call if a woman's bladder is ruptured during the procedure a plumber????? come on people the more you talk the more unintelligent you all sound if you are happy with what the dems have given us in the south bay then by all means do everything in your power to ensure that it continues but neither Ducheny nor Vargas are even vaguely interested in us just themselves wake up coffee is being served
Sebastian June 04, 2012 at 02:14 AM
just to clarify your post "conservative" I guess that would not qualify any of the dems in the race who are looking to put abortion clinics at every corner so that abortions can be more "convenient" to young women oh and lets not forget they are supporting that nurses perform the abortions who will they call if a woman's bladder is ruptured during the procedure a plumber????? come on people the more you talk the more unintelligent you all sound if you are happy with what the dems have given us in the south bay then by all means do everything in your power to ensure that it continues but neither Ducheny nor Vargas are even vaguely interested in us just themselves wake up coffee is being served
Libi Uremovic June 04, 2012 at 02:36 AM
the older i get the more i believe in forced sterilization...abortions should be mandatory, not optional breeding is the fast track to poverty whether it's on a personal or national level...the 'conservative' stance would be to limit births by people that are not mentally or financially prepared to care for the child 'every child born' = 'anchor babies' you want every child born...then you are responsible to feed, clothe, educate, and provide health care to the child....
Libi Uremovic June 04, 2012 at 02:38 AM
''...Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, ... "the new AIDS of the Americas." More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.... 11 percent of pregnant women in Latin America are infected with Chagas...''
Tim W. June 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Xanthi shows either a poor understanding of the political system or is less than honest. Let's be clear. Icausus or whatever you call it, is not a registered political party in California. So Xanthi DOES NOT HAVE THE ENDORSEMENT OF TWO POLITICAL PARTIES. That about sum it up?
Tia Juana July 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Chagas are you kidding me?????? You know what the 51st Congressional District needs, or rather badly requires ...... how about some educated people. You all remind me of the Latinos who talk about their brother or sister going to "medical school" at Kaplan. CLUELESS!!!! Please don't talk about Chagas, how about change it to Chimichangas, that would be more your spead and breadth of understanding Libi

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