Labor Leader, Chula Vista Councilman Among 80th State Assembly Election Candidates

The election will be held May 21 to replace State Senator Ben Hueso.

Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday set a May 21 date for a special election to fill the Assembly seat recently vacated by Ben Hueso, who is now a state senator.

Two weeks ago, Hueso (D-San Diego) won a race to replace Juan Vargas, who was elected to Congress in November. Hueso was sworn in last week.

If no candidate wins the 80th Assembly District seat outright in May, a runoff election will be held July 30, according to Brown.

Declared candidates currently include two Democrats–Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda and Lorena Gonzalez, CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.

The 80th District encompasses southern portions of San Diego County including San Diego neighborhoods that border Imperial Beach, Otay Mesa and parts of Chula Vista and National City.

Imperial Beach used to be part of the district but after 2012 election results is now part of the 78th Assembly District and is represented by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.


City News Service contributed to this report.

Ed Sorrels March 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Electing Gonzales would let the fox into the chicken coop. A lot of what is troubling Califoirnia at present are the give away's to the unions and their pension and benefit plans. Their mantra is "You can't get the best people unless you compensate them in this manner" Which is a load of crap, There thousnads of qualified men and women out there that could do these job's just as well and would gladly take a lot less than some 0f these "Irreplaceable" people are now taking from the public trough.Gonzales is the worst possiable canidate for this office !
Libi Uremovic March 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM
'...Declared candidates currently include two Democrats...' no gop or indi candidates...??
Ed Sorrels March 28, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Libi, All that is required to win the 80th. is a mexican sur name. I think at this point Castanada is the better of the two ! But with her back ground Gonzales will bring in a much bigger war chest because of her labor connections and the fact that california labor would love to have a fox in the henhouse !
Sion Hache March 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Castaneda is a bad choice. His entire eight years in Chula Vista he focused on police. He neglected to see the big picture and the importance of core public services beyond police. He made the removal of the former Chula Vista park and recreation director a personal vendetta.
Ed Sorrels March 28, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Sion, I agree with you, I didn't say Castaneda was a good choice, He is an awfull choice but even at that better than Gonzales who's loyaltys lays with the employee union's which are a great part of what is presently worng with the state !


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