Photos: Politifest's Memorable Moments

Since 2011, Voice of San Diego has hosted Politifest, a public affairs summit focused on the issues and candidates on the November ballot. Photographer Vito Di Stefano captured several moments from this year’s event.

Politifest attendees gather at the University of San Diego. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano

Since 2011, Voice of San Diego has hosted Politifest, a public affairs summit focused on the issues and candidates on the November ballot. It’s our effort to provide San Diegans with the tools they need to make educated decisions on Election Day.

Politicians from all over the region stopped by Politifest, held this year at the University of San Diego, to answer tough questions and make their case as to why they should be elected. Folks had the opportunity to learn more about the biggest local topics. They listened to a fiery debate over the future of the Mission Valley stadium site, got immigration updates at a panel discussion and more.

Community groups also hosted their own sessions. High Tech High Chula Vista held a panel on Measure Q, the city’s cannabis tax, and the San Diego Deliberation Network hosted a discussion on the state’s housing crisis.

Here are some of the moments freelance photographer Vito Di Stefano captured during the event.

Audience for Mayors in the Middle at Politifest 2018

Scott Lewis on stage at Politifest 2018

Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Singers in the Voice of Our City Choir

Voice of Our City Choir performs at Politifest. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Scott Lewis talks with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum.

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis talks with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Politifest attendee reads the event program during a panel discussion

A Politifest attendee reads the event program during a panel discussion. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Politifest volunteers help attendees register

Politifest volunteers help attendees register before the event begins. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Politifest name tags
Politifest attendees look at program

Attendees look over the event program. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


The Voice of San Diego booth at Politifest 2018

Voice of San Diego Director of Development Iris Magid speaks to a Politifest attendee. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Community booths at Politifest 2018

Politifest attendees stop by community booths in between sessions. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Humankind booth at Politifest 2018

A scene from Voice of San Diego’s Politifest on Oct. 6, 2018 / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Experts debate the future of the Mission Valley stadium site

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis moderates a debate on the future of the Mission Valley stadium site. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Scott Lewis moderates a debate on the future of the Mission Valley stadium site.

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis moderates a debate on the future of the Mission Valley stadium site. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Audience members listen to a debate at Politifest 2018

Attendees listen to a debate on the future of the Mission Valley stadium site. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblyman Chad Mayes at Politifest 2018

From left: Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblyman Chad Mayes participate in a Politifest panel. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


A full audience for the ballot measure crash course session at Politifest 2018

Attendees learn about the state propositions that will appear on the November ballot. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


HuffPost's panel on life, undocumented, in the Trump era

HuffPost hosts a Politifest panel on undocumented immigrants living in the Trump era. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


A community conversation at Politifest 2018
Panelists on the rent control panel at Politifest 2018

From left: Charly Norton and Joshua Wood participate in a rent control panel moderated by CALmatters CEO David Lesher. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Participants in the candidate roundtable at Politifest 2018

Candidates and attendees take part in a roundtable discussion at Politifest. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Live podcast recording at Politifest 2018

A Politifest attendee participates in a game during a live taping of the VOSD Podcast. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Audience members laugh during the recording of VOSD's live podcast at Politifest 2018

A scene from Voice of San Diego’s Politifest on Oct. 6, 2018 / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Audience participation during the live podcast recording at Politifest 2018

A 12-year-old audience member impressed everyone when she nearly mastered a game that relied on intimate knowledge of local politics stretching back decades. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


Rep. Scott Peters, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and City Councilman Chris Cate on stage at Politifest

From left: Rep. Scott Peters, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and City Councilman Chris Cate appear on VOSD’s live podcast taping at Politifest. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


VOSD staff and volunteers at Politifest 2018 on the campus of University of San Diego

Voice of San Diego staff and volunteers at Politifest 2018 / Photo by Vito Di Stefano


The rotunda of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego during Politifest 2018

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