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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election

Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 78

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Chris Ward

Miembro del concejo de la ciudad/padre
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Falta de vivienda - Debemos garantizar que se ayude a los vecinos sin hogar y se les proporcione vivienda de apoyo demostrado con servicios integrales para que se recuperen.
  • Cambio Climático - Ya sentimos el efecto del cambio climático. California necesita un plan para protegernos de estas amenazas y continuar nuestro liderazgo en la reducción de gases de efecto invernadero.
  • Guardería Infantil - Los niños de California merecen un comienzo sólido y las familias necesitan apoyo para crear un equilibrio del trabajo/vida que dé lugar a un sitio de trabajo feliz y saludable, y un hogar más feliz y saludable.



Profesión:Miembro del Concejo Municipal de San Diego
Miembro del Concejo Municipal, Concejo Municipal de San Diego — Cargo elegido (2016–actual)
Jefe de Personal/Senador Marty Block, Asamblea Estatal de California, Senado Estatal de California (2008–2016)
Planificador Urbano y Ambiental, EDAW (ahora AECOM) (2006–2008)
Gerente de Laboratorio, Asociado de Investigación, University California, San Diego (UCSD)/Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (1998–2004)
Gerente de Laboratorio, Asociado de Investigación, University California, San Diego (UCSD)/Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (1998–2004)


Harvard University, Facultad de Gobierno Kennedy Maestría en Humanidades (Master of Arts, M.A.), Políticas Públicas y Planificación Urbana (2006)
Johns Hopkins University Licenciatura en Humanidades (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.) (1998)

Actividades comunitarias

Chair, Regional Task Force on the Homeless (2018–current)
Alternate Member, California Coastal Commission (2018–current)
Public Safety Committee Member, San Diego Association of Governments (2018–current)
Board Member, Uptown Planners (2012–2016)


Chris Ward is a parent of two young children who motivate him every day to make the world a better place for our kids to grow up.

He was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016, and has focused on housing, homelessness, economic development, public safety and other critical local goals. He is the author of San Diego’s landmark Equal Pay Ordinance, and wrote a law to make San Diego the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam. He has served as Chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless, transforming our outdated programs and services to align with national best practices and meaningfully address and respond to homelessness at a time when other cities are experiencing double-digit growth. On the City Council, he serves as Chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, focusing on support for local business and help create good paying jobs.

He previously served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block, representing most of the 78th Assembly District. In these capacities, Chris was committed to constituent services, facilitating public participation in policymaking, and organizing state and local resources to make our schools, universities, and neighborhoods a better place. Prior to that, Chris was an environmental planner at the firm EDAW, working with local government to update land use policies and law, and conduct CEQA environmental reviews.

Chris has been active in the community through volunteer services for years prior to taking office, serving on his community planning group and the San Diego Community College District’s Citizens Oversight Committee. Chris was a Board member of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and San Diego LGBT Center, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his partner Thom are homeowners in University Heights with their two children, Betty and Billy, and their cairn terrier, Monty.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (44)

Funcionarios electos (46)

Preguntas y Respuestas

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $878,419

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

California Federation of Teachers
California State Council of Laborers
SEIU California
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
California State Association of Electrical Workers
California State Pipe Trades Council

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

California 92.75%
Washington 1.10%
Arizona 0.86%
Florida 0.86%
Other 4.43%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (99.52%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.48%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (80.35%)
De individuos (19.65%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I’m running for the State Assembly to take the work we’ve done on these issues and others and apply them statewide. And frankly, state government has a lot more say whether the problems I’ve worked on get fixed.

I’ll make sure we support working families, reinvigorate opportunity to achieve the California Dream, and provide a sustainable and healthy natural environment. That means we must provide enough housing at every income level, deliver on the need for quality education for all, and support policies that achieve career security and upward mobility.


It also means incentivizing job creation that will be at the core of our changing economy, putting the training for those jobs in reach, making sure workers have a voice and a real chance to retire, and quality, affordable healthcare to help them get there and enjoy it. As I raise my kids, I am driven to make sure progress is secure and we pay it forward. 

If you elect me to the Assembly, I’ll bring the same prepared, never-take-no-for-an-answer, determined style from City Hall and apply it the issues most affecting our community, working families, and our overall quality of life at the State Capitol.

I look forward to connecting with you during this campaign and hope to earn your trust and your vote in the 2020 election.

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