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Weber wins 79th in final vote count

La Mesa council member Dr. Akilah Weber will take the Assembly seat formerly held by her mother, according to results certified Thursday by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Weber won a special election held April 6 with 33,197 votes, or 51.97 percent of the 64,189 ballots cast. With a majority of votes in the primary, she avoided a run-off election tentatively scheduled for June, which would have been held if no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote.

The position became open in January, when former Assembly member Shirley Weber, who had held the office for a decade, was appointed to serve as California secretary of state.

Dr. Akilah Weber was one of four Democratic contenders for the seat. The opening also drew one Republican candidate, Marco Contreras, who finished second with 33.4 percent of the vote. He was followed by Democrats Leticia Munguia, with 8.24 percent; Shane Parmely with 5.07 percent; and Aeiramique Glass with 1.28 percent.

The vote totals changed only slightly since they were tallied last week, when Weber held 33,161 of 64,119 ballots counted as of Friday. The additional 70 votes added to the certified results included those from mail-in voters who forgot to sign their return mail-in ballot, and returned to the registrar’s office to cure it, said public relations coordinator Antonia Hutzell.

Although the registrar mailed ballots to more than 300,000 voters in the district, only a minority voted. The special primary drew 21.2 percent of registered voters, with the overwhelming majority of those submitting ballots by mail. Mail-in ballots accounted for 62,531 of votes cast, while just 1,658 were cast in person.

In 2018, Weber became the first African American elected to La Mesa’s City Council, according to her campaign website, making her the only candidate in the race holding elected office.

Weber also is the founder and director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and heads the adolescent gynecology program at UC San Diego Health. She also is an assistant clinical professor at UCSD.

The 79th District includes parts of southeastern San Diego, Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City.

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