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Politifest 2020: Pick Your Future

Politifest 2020: Pick Your Future
Politifest 2020: Pick Your Future Virtual Summit Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

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Politifest Virtual Summit      Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

What is Politifest?

Politifest is an annual public affairs summit produced by Voice of San Diego. Launched in 2011Politifest focuses on issues affecting San Diego communities. During election years, the event focuses on candidates and ballot measures. In non-election years, it focuses on the most important topics that drive public policy and community conversation. 

Politifest features a robust schedule of debates, panels and one-on-one interviews with experts, and provides a platform for residents to raise their voices, ask tough questions and delve into important issues. It’s a crash course in politics and policy. Here, you can learn how local government works. 

Pick Your Future

This year’s summit — which will take place virtually during the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 — will examine races, ballot measures and major public issues through a future-facing lens: How will this year’s election affect our future? What are the implications for work, education, our communities?

We’ll be updating the schedule regularly.

Check back for more details.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 29


A review of the biggest issues facing our region and the state of California, featuring a special guest.

Wednesday, Oct. 1


We’ll dig in to the state and local ballot measures with CalMatters. Plus: San Diego City Council races and other key races from cities in the region.

Thursday, Oct. 1


Sessions dedicated to one of the most influential positions in San Diego: county supervisors. And a session dedicated to the 53rd Congressional District.

Friday, Oct. 2


We’ll host a conversation dedicated to the San Diego Mayor’s race, as well as other key city races. Plus: a look at San Diego School Board contests.

Saturday, Oct. 3


Our fullest day of events for Politifest 2020, featuring:

  • A recap of the biggest take-aways from the week’s presentations, debates, panels with VOSD staff
  • Behind the scenes: an insider’s take on local politics with VOSD editors
  • The Future of Work and AB5 (Assembly Bill 5)
  • Criminal Justice Reform and ACA5 (Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5)
  • How Gen X and Gen Z  are changing the world: A look at local activism 
  • Redistricting and what it means for your community 
  • Community Conversations

All events will be hosted online. Schedule subject to change.

Community Conversations

Politifest has always featured our community.

We are offering the opportunity for community members to host their own conversations during this summit. Proposed topics should reflect this year’s theme, Pick Your Future, and tie to the upcoming elections and ballot measures in November.

Do you have an idea or a political opinion you think needs some attention? Do you want to host a debate that we did not organize? This is your chance. Submit your proposal to host a Community Conversation here. We’ll review them in the coming weeks and let you know if yours was selected.

Apply For A Community Conversation

Questions about Politifest? 

General Inquiry 
Julianne Markow: julianne.markow@voiceofsandiego.org | (619) 550-5664

Sponsorships & Partnerships
Ashley Rodriguez: ashley.rodriguez@voiceofsandiego.org | (619) 550-5670