SAN DIEGO (CNS) – In the 53rd District race between two Democrats, Sara Jacobs jumped to an early lead Tuesday over San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez, leading Gomez to concede the race hours after the polls closed.
Just after 9:30 p.m., Gomez issued a statement that read, “As votes here in San Diego continue being counted, the results of the election do not seem to be what we all hoped for. While we did not win this one, I will never give up the fight for equality and justice and a sustainable planet. Tonight’s results do not define my commitment to building a more just society, I will continue to do the work along with you all. Thank you to all the volunteers, to the community leaders who supported my campaign, and to my family for being on this journey with me.”
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Gomez said she called Jacobs to congratulate her.
“I stand ready to work with her to advance just policies that will benefit working families and ensure that our recovery from this pandemic leaves no one behind,” Gomez said.
Jacobs and Gomez were vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, who announced late last year she would not seek re-election after representing the region for two decades.
“Today, the voters of this district made a clear choice,” Jacobs said. “There is no time to waste. We have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to it.”
Jacobs, the granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, is the founder and chair of San Diego for Every Child, a nonprofit focused on ending child poverty. She worked as a policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and held policy positions at the U.S. State Department and UNICEF, according to her campaign website.
Gomez has served on the city council since 2016 — representing District 9 — and as council president since 2018.
The 53rd District stretches from Linda Vista to the South Bay, and also covers portions of Eastern San Diego County, such as El Cajon and La Mesa.