Republican campaign consultant Mason Herron / Photo by Megan Wood
There was a lot of interest in campaign fundraising news last week. So this week’s show features Republican campaign consultant Mason Herron.
Herron’s work was featured in the most recent Politics Report (which you should definitely check out). There, we used Herron’s very helpful data to map out big races, who’s earned what — and importantly, how much campaigns have on hand.
Herron’s been following a couple of the races closely. Scott Lewis and Sara Libby sat down with Herron to discuss the dynamics at play in the 50th Congressional District, several county supervisor races and more.
The interview with Herron starts at minute 20.

The Art of Self Promotion

Speaking of 2020 races: Republican Carl DeMaio, a talk radio host and former city councilman, launched his campaign this week to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter.

DeMaio doesn’t live in the 50th District, which includes most of East County and Escondido. But his campaign assured Voice of San Diego that is “not an issue” due to his popularity.

There is no requirement congressional candidates live in the district they represent.

On the podcast, Lewis, Libby and Andrew Keatts marveled at DeMaio’s self-promotion techniques and tension building ahead of his announcement that took place Monday.

Homes Coming to Morena Boulevard

Last week, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the Morena Corridor Plan.

They’ve now rezoned areas along Morena Boulevard to allow for thousands of new homes near the new trolley stations that are coming to that area.

Should developers take advantage of all available density options, the buildings could reach 100 feet.

A Union Changes Gompers

Gompers Preparatory Academy, a well-known San Diego charter school, is often looked to as an example of school reform. After breaking away from the San Diego Unified School District nearly 15 years ago, it partnered with UC San Diego and became known for its ability to get students into college.

Now, Voice of San Diego reporter Ashly McGlone has found the school is seeking a new change in the form of a teachers union.

McGlone joined the podcast to talk about where things stand, how the unionization effort is affecting students and what teachers have to say about it.

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Nate John is the digital manager at Voice of San Diego. He oversees Voice's website, newsletters, podcasts and product team. You can reach him at

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