Solana Beach Sun

Becker and Harless have commanding leads for Solana Beach council

Below are unofficial results, without mail-in ballots, from Solana Beach races in the Nov. 6 election. For the latest results, visit www.sdvote.com

With two open seats on the city council and no incumbents in the running, the Solana Beach City Council will welcome two new members.

Races are also being held for the Solana Beach School District and the San Dieguito Union High School District.

Solana Beach City Council

Unofficial election results with 100 percent of precincts reporting show Kristi Becker and Kelly Harless have won the race for two seats, with 35 percent and 33 percent, respectively. The next closest rival, Craig Nelson, received 16 percent of the vote.

Kristi Becker
Kristi Becker Courtesy of Stefanie Blue

Becker, a retired attorney who has lived in Solana Beach for seven years, has said she will work to ensure commercial development would fit into the community and she would be a watchdog for city finances.

Harless, an Alzheimer's Research Institute Clinical Trials Program Manager and View Assessment Commissioner who has lived in Solana Beach for 20 years, has said she wants to prioritize neighborhoods first when considering city council processes, ensure that future development fits the community and manage the budget responsibly.

Kelly Harless
Kelly Harless Courtesy

Also in the running were Valeri Paul and Shawn McClondon, who announced in October that he planned to withdraw his candidacy but still appeared on the ballot.

The final winners of the race replace Lesa Heebner and Peter Zahn, who were appointed to their council positions in April and could not run for re-election.

Solana Beach School District

The Solana Beach School District board had three seats up for grabs and the unofficial results show incumbents Vicki King and Debra Schade as well as newcomer Gaylin Allbaugh winning the seats. Allbaugh is the current Solana Beach Schools Foundation site co-president at Solana Highlands. King was the top vote-getter with 31 percent of the vote.

The board’s clerk Holly Lewry did not seek re-election.

San Dieguito Union High School District

In the district’s first by-area election, early results show Maureen “Mo” Muir in Area 1, Melisse C. Mossy in Area 3 and Kristin Gibson in Area 5 appear to be the front-runners for the three available seats on the San Dieguito Union High School District board.

Candidates in the running for Area 1 representing Encinitas were Amy Flicker, and Rhea Stewart in Area 3 representing Solana Beach, Cardiff, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas. Cheryl James-Ward and Lea Wolf also sought the seat for Area 5, which represents the south part of the district in Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Other races

In other elections, Carmel Valley resident Matt Brower unofficially won at presstime the Superior Court No. 37 seat with 58.89 percent of the counted votes over opponent Gary Kreep who received 41.1 percent.

In the 52nd Congressional District Democrat Scott Peters unofficially won with 61.24 percent over the vote. His Republican opponent Omar Qudrat received 38.76 percent of the vote as of presstime for this newspaper.

In the 49th Congressional District, Democrat Mike Levin was leading at press time with 56.8 percent of the vote (San Diego portion only) over Republican opponent Diane Harkey

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