That Dem-on-Dem showdown in the 39th state Senate District might be over, but that wasn’t the only intraparty race for the state Legislature going down in the county. Two Republicans are vying to represent the 76th Assembly District, covering Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Camp Pendleton.
Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern is facing off against Phil Graham of Encinitas. (No, he’s not the legendary Washington Post editor ‒ but he is former Gov. Pete Wilson’s stepson.) The two Republicans are seeking to replace Republican Rocky Chavez, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Both candidates have pulled in some big change from outside the district. Graham received $355,000 in contributions for his bid in 2015. Graham had 29 donations of $4,200, including from Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Doug Manchester. He also had a $4,200 loan from former Assemblyman Martin Garrick.
Kern, meanwhile, pulled in $184,000, largely with the support of developers who have projects in North County. He also gave himself $4,200 from his City Council campaign.
• KPBS reports that candidates in the race for County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ seat reported large contributions in 2015, with Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar having the strongest close to the year.
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