Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct percentages for the Aug. 17 primary election.
SAN DIEGO — Monica Montgomery Steppe was leading over Amy Reichert in early results in the special election for the District 4 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Tuesday’s election between San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe and founder of “Reopen San Diego” Amy Reichert was held to fill the spot that was vacated by former Supervisor Nathan Fletcher after he was accused of sexual misconduct in his role as chairman of the MTS board in a lawsuit.
“As your Supervisor, I look forward to teaming up with you to tackle homelessness, promote holistic public safety, and invest in our County,” Montgomery Steppe said in a statement Tuesday night. “Together, we can move the People’s County forward.”
In a statement Wednesday, Reichert thanked her supporters and said her “dedication to tirelessly work towards uplifting San Diego in every possible way remains unwavering.”
“My campaign was always about transcending partisan politics, and despite the odds, I’m immensely proud that we achieved nearly 40% of the vote, surpassing the expectations tied to our voter registration,” her statement continued.
In August, District 4 voters took to the ballot box to select between four candidates in a primary election. However, none received more than the 50% majority that was needed to win outright, prompting the special election to move to a runoff between the top two vote-getters.
Montgomery Steppe, a Democrat, earned 41.70% of the vote in the Aug. 17 primary. Meanwhile, Reichert, a Republican, garnered 28.84% of the vote.
Whoever wins in the Nov. 7 runoff will serve out the remainder of Fletcher’s term, which runs into January 2027.
FOX 5’s Danielle Dawson contributed to this report.