Greetings and Happy Halloween! As frightening as the real world can be today, I’m ready for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun – spooks, witches and goblins. How about you?
Lots to share with you today, so here we go…
The San Diego Union-Tribune endorses me for State Senate!
I’m honored to share the news that the San Diego Union-Tribune, our county’s paper of record, has endorsed my candidacy for State Senate. The Editorial Board wrote, “As a three-term mayor, Blakespear has far more experience and a better grip on how government functions. In Q&As and interviews, the lawyer and former journalist offers informed views on how to improve environmental and gun-safety policies. She also played a key role in helping both Encinitas residents and businesses get through the worst of the pandemic with relatively fewer problems.”
About my far right opponent Matt Gunderson, they said “he criticized former President Barack Obama’s speech at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral as ‘inappropriate,’ ‘divisive’ and ‘disgusting’; said a female sports reporter should ‘still just be covering figure skating,’ and wrote an investigation ‘needs to be done to reveal the voter and vote tallying duplicity so it can’t and doesn’t happen again and it restores some confidence in our system.’ He says he is pro-choice, but he opposes Proposition 1, which would establish constitutional rights for access to abortions and contraceptives, and claims it goes too far even though it only codifies existing state law. In short, it’s hard to tell what you get with him.”
The Union-Tribune’s endorsement underscores the message that I hope to send to any voter who may still be on the fence. No one agrees with an elected official on every issue under the sun, but they should be able to trust them to hear their concerns, evaluate policy, and know without a doubt that they are fighting for the issues they care about and always standing up for our community.
That’s what I’ve done as mayor, and it’s what I’ll do for us in the state senate.
Firefighters also endorse
Another endorsement I’m very proud of is the California Professional Firefighters! California Professional Firefighters are on the front lines fighting climate change, protecting our beautiful ecosystem, and saving lives. As your state senator, I’ll always do right by the men and women of California’s fire service who risk their lives more then ever to protect us from global warming.
You can read the full press release here.
Protecting our Medicare and Social Security
I was moved by President Obama’s speech in Wisconsin over the weekend, where he talked about the impact of Social Security and making sure that we keep our promise to the people who paid into it. President Obama’s ability to connect the heart and the head in his oratory in unrivaled. President Biden even came right here to Orange County a couple weeks ago to make the same point.
We’ve got a week left! Please help us get out the vote!
Early vote counts are how campaigns track voter enthusiasm and see what areas need special attention. So far, voters have returned far fewer ballots than at this time a couple years ago in the 2020 presidential election .
In short, these low numbers are cause for some concern. What they tell us is that we need to finish strong and keep up the hard work over the next eight days!
Phone banks, canvassing and a rally
We have Get Out The Vote (GOTV) phone banks and canvass launches scheduled three times a day from Saturday Nov 5th through Election Day. Please join us for a shift (or two, or three) to help us get that number up. When we vote, we win! So it’s incredibly important to make sure our supporters turn in their ballots.
You’re invited to our rally in San Diego with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs this Sunday, Nov. 6th at 10am. Don’t miss out, sign up here!
And here’s a Voter Pro Tip: once you vote, campaigns will stop their texts, mailers, and phone calls to you. So if you’re like the many thousands of people suffering from voter fatigue, get your completed ballot in the mail today!
Prayers for the Pelosi family
I’ve been closely following the story of the violent attack on House Speaker Pelosi’s husband in their San Francisco home. There is absolutely no place for violence in our democracy – anyone who assaults our elected officials deserves to face the full consequences of the law.
I’m disturbed by the increasing normalization of this kind of brutality. It’s obvious to me that our politics has too much hate and vitriol. Hateful rhetoric directly contributes to the violence we see directed toward our political leaders. January 6th made that clear, and we see that here again with this latest incident.
I’m sending good thoughts and encouragement to Nancy and her husband Paul, who was injured in the intrusion. I sincerely hope that this shocking event reminds us all of the need to change our politics for the better.
Fighting for our democracy,
P.S. On a lighter note, about a week ago I got an email from Encinitas residents Bob, Bryce and Theresa, promising a “gift” in a couple of hours. What an intriguing teaser!
Sure enough, the photo below soon followed. I can’t thank you three enough for this touching and creative expression of support for our campaign! You made my week with your inspiring gesture!