Colonel Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Congressman Darrel Issa in 2016 and immediately filed to challenge Issa only to be leapfrogged by Mike Levin for CD-49, has a Plan B if his second run for Congress doesn’t work out.
Applegate, behind in money raised and endorsements gained, has moved his primary residence to Oceanside from South Orange County, making him eligible to run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. This, according to the Voice of San Diego, even though the Applegate for Congress campaign won’t say anything.
From the story:
On Feb. 9, county officials confirm, Democrat Doug Applegate changed his primary residency from San Clemente to Oceanside — creating the possibility of running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District.
That was two days after SEIU opened an independent expenditure committee in San Diego County to support him, should he decide to run. The only problem was that state law required he establish primary residency in the county district at least 30 days before the nomination period closed. The filing deadline is March 9.
Applegate’s campaign declined to comment for this story.
The well-heeled union is deeply involved in county politics because many of its members work for the county government. In 2014, the union supported Republican Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood over Bill Horn in the 5th District through an independent expenditure committee.
This week, the only Democrat running for the county’s 5th District, Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, finally responded to questions of whether her campaign bid was sincere. She raised no money in the final quarter of 2017, and Democrats had begun talking about which Republican they’d like to see replace Horn, who has held the seat since 1994 but is termed out.
On Facebook, Sanchez confirmed that she had recently dropped out of the county race. “I left to make room for another candidate, as it is definitely a winnable seat for someone other than the 2 now running,” she wrote Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Levin continues to demonstrate leadership among voters in CD-49 with another straw poll victory.
Mike Levin romps in first major straw poll of hundreds of CD49 Democrats
For Immediate Release 2/21/18
On February 20, the first major debate involving all five of the Democratic candidates for Congress in District 49 was held. The debate was hosted by the Democratic Women of South Orange County and Canyon Democrats, and moderated by Los Angeles Times Political Reporter Christine Mai-Duc.
The room was packed with over 400 activists and concerned voters.
After the debate a straw poll was taken of attendees. 367 people voted. And Mike Levin won by a wide margin.
The results were:
Mike Levin, 173 votes, 47%
Doug Applegate, 113 votes, 31%
Sara Jacobs, 62 votes, 17%
Paul Kerr, 10 votes, 3%
Christina Prejean, 9 votes, 2%
Voters had an opportunity to see the candidates grapple with a wide range of issues and make the case for why they are best positioned to take on whomever the Republicans put forward. Mike Levin’s experience, dedication and the strength of his grassroots campaign clearly came through.
Levin has been waging an extensive voter contact operation for months. He has raised over $1.3 million from more than 12,000 small donors. And he has earned endorsements from important organizations (like NOW, League of Conservation Voters, Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.)
Levin has also been endorsed by eight Democratic members of Congress, including Californians Nanette Barragan, Tony Cardenas, Jimmy Gomez, Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Eric Swawell.
An inescapable consensus is rapidly emerging: Mike Levin is the best prepared and best equipped Democratic candidate in CD49.