Why this matters

The winner will represent District 4’s 700,000 residents and determine partisan control over the county governing board, which oversees an $8 billion budget.

Democrat Monica Montgomery Steppe declared victory after election night returns showed her leading with 61% of the vote in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 4 race. 

inewsource news partner KPBS also called the race for Montgomery Steppe.

Montgomery Steppe thanked voters and donors for their support.

“Words are not enough to thank you for showing up for our County,” she said in a written statement. “It’s been a long journey, and you have fought for the accountable, responsive Supervisor you deserve every step of the way.”

Her opponent, Republican Amy Reichert, trailed with 39% of the vote. 

Reichert told inewsource Tuesday evening it was too early to call the race since there were still thousands of more ballots left to count. Regardless of the results, she said that many voters showed up because she led a campaign that focused on issues people cared about.

“What I am really proud about is how Democrats, Republicans, and independents, they voted for me,” she said, adding that she performed better than expected.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors candidate Amy Reichert talks with residents at the La Mesa Farmers’ Market, Aug. 25, 2023. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

It could take days to count all the votes as mail-in ballots come in. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters office mailed out nearly 600,000 ballots to eligible voters in the election. As of Tuesday night at 11 p.m., the county had tallied about 80,000 ballots and estimated 30,000 still need to be counted.

The county will post more unofficial results at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

The winner will fill the vacancy created when former Supervisor Nathan Fletcher resigned in May after being accused of sexual assault, an allegation he denied. His unexpired term ends in January 2027.

The district has about 700,000 residents and includes the cities of La Mesa and Lemon Grove and several central and southeastern San Diego neighborhoods. 

On Tuesday, Montgomery Steppe celebrated becoming the first Black woman to be elected as a supervisor for the county of San Diego.

A win for her also gives Democrats a 3-2 majority on the nonpartisan board.

Montgomery Steppe, a San Diego City Council member, said that her years of experience made her the best candidate.

She said her priorities are addressing the region’s ongoing homelessness crisis, promoting affordable housing, and pushing for higher wages and criminal justice reforms. 

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Read more about each candidate: Monica Montgomery Steppe and Amy Reichert.

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News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Crystal Niebla joined inewsource in June 2022 as an investigative reporter focused on infrastructure and government accountability in the San Diego region. Her position is partly funded by Report for America, a national program that supports local journalists. At the Long Beach Post, Niebla served...