What is Politifest?

It’s Voice of San Diego’s annual public affairs summit. Launched in 2011, Politifest focuses on issues affecting San Diego communities. During election years, we focus on candidates and ballot measures. In non-election years, we highlight the most important topics that drive public policy and community conversation.

For 2022, we’ve got a robust schedule of debates, panels and one-on-one interviews with experts all focused on the November election and the positions and ballot initiatives San Diegans will face.

Registration coming soon.


Preliminary schedule subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 in Chula Vista

This is our Politifest kickoff! Join us for a live podcast hosted by Voice editors Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña: A two-part show featuring mayoral candidates for Chula Vista and National City.

More details to come. Stay tuned.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 at University of San Diego

9:45 a.m.WELCOME
10:00 a.m.Statewide Ballot Initiatives
by CalMatters
Debate: San Diego Unified School Board
by VOSD reporter Will Huntsberry
Panel: Midway Height Limit
by VOSD editor in chief Scott Lewis
11:15 a.m.Debate: San Diego Sheriff
by KOGO’s Ted Garcia
Panel: The People’s Ordinance
by NBC 7 host Priya Sridhar
Sports Gaming Initiative Bonanza
by CalMatters
Cannabis Leases, Lounges and Laws
by reporter Jackie Bryant
12:15 p.m.LUNCH
1:15 p.m.Discussion: Politics of Homelessness
by VOSD reporter Lisa Halverstadt
Debate: San Diego City Council D6
by VOSD reporter Jakob McWhinney
2:30 p.m.Discussion: Homelessness Roundtable
by VOSD reporter Lisa Halverstadt
Debate: County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
by VOSD editor in chief Scott Lewis
Discussion: What role should government play in childcare?
by KPBS reporter Claire Trageser
5:00 p.m.RECEPTION

Community Conversations

Do you have an idea or position related to the November election — or the future of San Diego politics? Want to get more attention on that idea? Want to host a discussion not currently on the event agenda? This is your chance!

Every year that we host Politifest in-person, we encourage our community to host their own panels about issues important to them.

If you’d like to host a Community Conversation, please complete and submit an application by Aug. 1.


General Inquiry: Julianne Markow
(619) 550-5664

Sponsorships & Partnerships: Ashley Rodriguez
(619) 550-5670


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