What is Politifest?

Too often, debates between candidates for office or two opposing sides of an initiative happen in hotel ballrooms hosted by special interests. Even when a media organization or general interest group hosts a debate, it’s usually just one discussion. 

Politifest is Voice of San Diego’s annual summit dedicated to the most relevant debates and discussions for local voters and residents. Launched in 2011, we strove to gather the most interesting debates, candidates and issues and make them accessible to anyone who cares about them. During election years, we emphasize candidates and ballot measures. In non-election years, we focus on the most important topics that drive public policy and community conversation.

Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson and Barbara Bry took part in a mayoral debate at Politifest 2019. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano

For 2022, we’re hosting a robust schedule of debates and panels at the University of San Diego, including an important discussion on homelessness with Mayor Todd Gloria and Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and a highly anticipated statewide ballot initiative primer with our friends at CalMatters.

Politifest South

Thursday, October 6, 2022

This year, Chula Vista and National City voters face big decisions about who should lead their cities. We’re hosting a special event for those voters closer to home. It’s a two-part live podcast featuring National City mayoral candidates Alejandra Sotelo Solis, Ron Morrison and Jose Rodriguez, followed by Chula Vista mayoral candidates Ammar Campa-Najjar and John McCann. Join us for great politics, beer, live music and food trucks (Tacos el Vaquero and Rice or Death).

Location:
Emo Brown Headquarters
689 Marsat Ct, Suite B
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Free parking available in front and rear

Schedule:
5:00 p.m. Doors open
6:00 p.m. National City mayoral podcast
7:00 p.m. Chula Vista mayoral podcast
8:00 p.m. Live music and chill

Questions?

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

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

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