Weber nears victory in 79th Assembly District special election


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – La Mesa City Councilwoman Dr. Akilah Weber won Tuesday’s special election to fill the 79th Assembly District seat vacated when her mother Shirley was appointed secretary of state.

With all 269 precincts and vote-by-mail ballots counted, the younger Weber had 52.14% of the vote, achieving the majority needed to avoid a runoff, according to results released by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Marco Contreras, the lone Republican in the field of five candidates, was second at 33.06%, the only other candidate with more than 10%.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith that the voters have placed in me,” Weber told The San Diego Union-Tribune. My campaign is focused on one mission: creating healthier communities for everyone who lives and works in the 79th District.

“I am eager to start that work restoring economic prosperity, expanding high quality health care, investing in education, and protecting our environment.”

Weber is also an obstetrician/gynecologist who leads the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Contreras is the owner of Rancho Customs Brokers, which provides custom compliance and consulting services.

Leticia Munguia, the business representative for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, District 36, which represents government employees across Southern California, was third with 8.12% of the vote, followed by Shane Suzanne Parmely, a teacher at Bell Middle School, with 5.19%.

Aeiramique Glass-Blake, a restorative justice consultant, activist and preacher who works in the juvenile justice field, was fifth with 1.22%.

The district consists of southeastern San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and parts of Chula Vista, Bonita and National City.

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