In a column for The San Diego Union-Tribune — in the wake of his 8,875-vote loss to indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter — Campa-Najjar referenced what he called “racist attacks.”
“I believe people voted their values,” said the rookie candidate, 29. “I just wish more of them had the chance to hear mine. Maybe next time.”
Campa-Najjar noted the corruption trial of Hunter set for Sept. 10, 2019.
”He will inevitably resign and the family’s reign will end,” Campa-Najjar wrote. “So regardless of the outcome, this movement will go down in history as the best and last campaign against the Hunter dynasty.”
He said he had no regrets — “only gratitude” — and promised “to be a steward of what we built together for the rest of my life, come what may.”
Campa-Najjar didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment on his political future.
The Registrar of Voters Office announced the final, certified results of the Nov. 6 midterm election, with voter turnout totaling 66.4 percent.
San Diego City Council District 8 ended up being one of the tightest races in the county.
Vivian Moreno, a staffer for termed-out District 8 City Councilman David Alvarez, scraped past San Ysidro school board member Antonio Martinez by 549 votes. Moreno finished with 50.94 percent, Martinez at 49.06 percent.
The other City Council districts up for grabs, districts 2, 4 and 6, were all washes. Physician Jennifer Campbell beat incumbent Lorie Zapf in District 2 with just shy of 58 percent of the vote while Monica Montgomery finished with 57.74 percent of the vote over District 4 incumbent Myrtle Cole. District 6 incumbent Chris Cate bested Tommy Hough with 53.78 percent.
The three new City Council members and re-elected City Councilman Chris Cate will be sworn-in at 10 a.m. Dec. 10, with the 72nd City Council meeting for the first time later that day at 2 p.m.
“The final count — 48.3 percent versus 51.7 percent. After running for two long years in a district President Donald Trump won by 15 points, my first election ended with a loss to Duncan D. Hunter, who won by 28 percent in 2016… Maybe next time.”https://t.co/bRGsY7YBAJ
— Ammar Campa-Najjar (@ACampaNajjar) December 6, 2018
City voters approved Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, with “yes” votes totaling 54.46 percent. Meanwhile, voters sank Measure E, the SoccerCity initiative, with more than 67 percent voting “no.”
Nathan Fletcher finished with a resounding 67.37-32.63 victory over Bonnie Dumanis in the race for the county Board of Supervisors’ District 4.
For District 5 county supervisor, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond beat Michelle Gomez with 56.33 percent of the vote.
This year’s turnout is the highest the county has seen in a midterm election since 1982, according to the Registrar of Voters office.
Voters turned out at 81.5 percent during the 2016 November election.
— City News Service contributed to this report.