Catherine Blakespear (Incumbent)
Partisan Affiliation: Democrat
Current Position: Mayor of Encinitas
Background: Catherine has a long history of public service in the City of Encinitas. She is currently serving her second term as mayor (reelected in 2018). She is also Vice-Chair of the SANDAG Board of Directors and is a member of San Diego’s Airport Authority. Before winning her first term as mayor in 2016, Catherine was on the Encinitas City Council (elected in 2014). Catherine served 4 years as the Cardiff representative on the Encinitas Traffic & Safety Commission before putting her hat in the ring for City Council. Outside of public service, Catherine has practiced as an estate/probate attorney. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Utah's S. J. Quinney College of Law. Married to Jeremy Blakespear, a Physician's Assistant. Two children.
On the Issues: Catherine has demonstrated proven leadership as Mayor, keeping the city on sound financial footing (with a triple-A bond rating), navigating Encinitas through a pandemic, promoting active transportation (with trails and bike paths), preserving the environment (with projects like the award-winning living shoreline in Cardiff), making housing more affordable (with the pioneering pre-approved accessory dwelling program), assisting our most vulnerable residents (with the Safe Parking Lot), and driving major community projects forward (including the Streetscape improvements in Leucadia along 101, the pedestrian rail undercrossing at El Portal, and the new Standard Pacific Park). She has confronted some of the most difficult issues facing the city with courage and integrity. Catherine has been endorsed by the San Diego Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and Congressman Mike Levin.
Partisan Affiliation: Long-time Republican (re-registered as "No Party Preference" in December 2019 before announcing for mayor)
Current Position: Co-publisher of "The Encinitas Current"
Background: Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University as well as a high school teaching credential. She was a software developer in the local defense industry and then started a consulting business. She has also managed a local medical office near the Scripps hospital. Julie served on the Board of Directors of Cardiff Soccer League, managed several club soccer teams in various leagues, and was the team manager of the La Costa Canyon High School Surf Team. Co-publisher of "The Encinitas Current", a political platform masquerading as a community newsletter.
On the Issues: Julie is against a lot of things. She is against the Leucadia Streetscape project to improve Highway 101 through Leucadia. She fought the small Safe Parking Lot for unsheltered Encinitas residents. She fought the Cardiff segment of the Coastal Rail Trail for years (it's now a popular community gem). She is against the court ordered, certified housing plan that is getting Encinitas out of a legal war with the State of California (but doesn't have an alternative that she can articulate; she just seems eager to pick a fight with the state). She is against the new bikeway along 101 south of Cardiff. Her platform seems to be mostly anti-growth. We don't see a lot of issues that she is passionately *for* as opposed to *against*. She's been described as "anti-progress" and "grievance oriented". She was recently endorsed by the Executive Director of the San Diego Gun Owners PAC, a right-wing gun advocate who is one of Trump's biggest fans.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 (NORTH LEUCADIA)
Tony Kranz (Incumbent)
Partisan Affiliation: Democrat
Current Position: Encinitas City Council member (since 2012)
Background: Tony Kranz graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1977 and attended college at Palomar and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Following college, Tony moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and served as an air traffic controller in the Army National Guard. He also spent seven years living in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 1985, Tony married his wife Cynthia, another long-time Encinitas resident. They have three children: James, Brian and Stephanie. Tony currently makes his living working in the printing business. He was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2012.
On the Issues: Tony is passionate about rail corridor improvements (like the Cardiff section of the Coastal Rail Trail, which Tony helped push through and now promises to extend into Leucadia), new parks (like the new Standard Pacific Park that is under construction), and updating aging infrastructure (like the new lifeguard tower at Moonlight Beach). He is also determined to take action on climate change, helping to drive the comprehensive Encinitas Climate Action Plan which was adopted in 2018.
Partisan Affiliation: Unknown
Current Position: Unknown
Background: There isn't a lot of information available about Alex Riley, even from his own campaign website. We know he is an Encinitas resident. We also know that he was a Lifeguard for the City of San Diego for 19 years, and served as a member of Teamsters Local 911. He's married.
On the Issues: Alex Riley seems eager to do battle with the State of California over housing. He wants to join with other cities to "reject edicts from Sacramento". Sounds bold... but he hasn't articulated any of the consequences of trying to pre-empt state law. Like staggering legal costs, lost grants, and administrative costs. In addition to declaring war on the state, Alex wants to improve public safety, including more readiness and preparedness plans for dealing with incidents, hazards, and disasters. He also wants more stop signs and lower speed limits.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 (SOUTH LEUCADIA)
Kellie Hinze (Incumbent)
Partisan Affiliation: Democrat
Current Position: Deputy Mayor, Encinitas City Council member
Background: Kellie Hinze is the current Deputy Mayor of Encinitas (and City Council member). She was appointed to City Council in 2018, filling a vacancy left open by Tasha Boerner Horvath. Kellie is a former elementary school teacher, community advocate, and long-time Encinitas resident. Before her appointment to the City Council, Hinze served as Executive Director of Leucadia 101 Main Street. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Education as well as Global and International Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Santa Barbara.
On the Issues: Kellie is passionate about environmental preservation and climate action, and has voted to ban single-use plastics, build active transportation infrastructure, require solar and energy-efficiency upgrades for new structures, and preserve wildlife habitat. She also cares deeply about helping small businesses in our community to thrive. As a former Executive Director of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, Kellie is deeply connected to local small businesses. Kellie has also worked to bring art installations and murals to the city, building on community character.
Partisan Affiliation: Unknown but reported to be Democratic
Current Position: Businesswoman
Background: From her campaign website: "My professional background includes small business ownership and corporate management positions. I worked at Hewlett-Packard in the areas of financial analysis, sales enablement, and communications, and at Illumina leading change management communications. I’m currently consulting with Hewlett-Packard and a La Jolla-based tech company. I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and an undergraduate degree in English." She's been active in local politics, advocating for Proposition A and suing the Coastal Commission as a member of "Spotlight on Coastal Corruption".
On the Issues: Susan Turney is most concerned with preserving local control of land use at all costs, even if that means plunging the city back into a legal fight with the State of California. Her campaign website makes her seem eager to "push back on the state", which is shorthand for battling the state in its effort to solve the housing crisis with enough new housing to accommodate population growth. She subscribes to the idealistic notion that we can create a housing plan for Encinitas that is free from developer influence, one that will be supported by voters. She has not been specific about how she would pull that particular rabbit out of a hat. You have to have developers at the table or they will thwart any new plan at the ballot box in the same way that ardent "no growth" special interest groups thwarted the last two housing plans that were put in front of voters. Everyone has to be at the table. Nobody is going to be completely happy.