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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election

California State SenateCandidate for District 38

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Catherine Blakespear

Mayor of Encinitas
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Supporting Small Businesses - I know that small businesses create good-paying jobs and are the engine of our economy. I cut red tape and secured emergency grants so restaurants could operate outdoors during the pandemic.
  • Environmental Protection - Under my leadership as mayor, the City Council ensured 100% renewable power for Encinitas, passed a building electrification ordinance, and committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030.
  • Housing Affordability and Homelessness - Creating more housing opportunities for people at all income levels is one of my top priorities. One of the drivers of the homeless epidemic is the market failure around creation of affordable housing.



University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (2006)
Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Master of Arts (M.A.), Journalism (1999)
Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Journalism (1998)


A fourth-Generation Encinitas resident, Catherine Blakespear grew up in Del Mar and Cardiff, where she attended Torrey Pines high school. She was a three-time MVP of her varsity basketball team and captain for two years. She then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism.

After five years as a print journalism reporter, writer and editor for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, she attended law school at the University of Utah, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Family Studies, graduating in 2006.

As an attorney, Catherine clerked for a justice on the Utah Court of Appeals before working for a large law firm, and eventually co-founding a woman-owned law firm focusing on estate planning.

Catherine and her husband moved back to her hometown of Encinitas in 2009, where she joined the city’s Traffic and Public Safety Commission. At the end of her term, she was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2014. She was subsequently elected Mayor in 2016, and re-elected in 2018 and 2020 by double-digit margins.

In December of 2020, she was unanimously chosen in a bipartisan vote to be the Chair of SANDAG, San Diego County’s powerful transportation agency. She is also a member of the county’s Airport Authority and the Regional Solid Waste Association board.

Catherine and her husband Jeremy live in Cardiff with their two teenage children. They enjoy backpacking, biking and harvesting fruit and honey from their backyard.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,458,254

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party
San Diego County Democratic Party
Democratic Party of Orange County
Fresno County Democratic Party
Napa County Democratic Central Committee
Tehama County Democratic Central Committee

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.88%
Illinois 0.40%
District of Columbia 0.29%
Maryland 0.21%
Other 1.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.21%)
Small contributions (0.79%)

By Type:

From organizations (77.01%)
From individuals (22.99%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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