Port Commissioner Scott Peters (center) hopes to rebrand San Diego as a destination for young professionals. The mix of business, military and environmental interests creates a district where partisanship is a turnoff, both candidates in the race said.
Pension reform did not come up in any interaction Peters had over a 24-hour period during which Roll Call trailed the Democratic candidate as he campaigned around San Diego County, including a fundraiser, an early morning labor canvassing rally, door-knocking in Coronado with Rep. Susan Davis (D), a Duke alumni lunch and a small house party.
At a posh Mission Hills home, with a Fisker Karma — an electric luxury sports car — parked out front, Peters was joined at a fundraiser by three former challengers to Bilbray. Democrats Francine Busby, state Sen. Christine Kehoe and Davis, who went to Congress in 2000 by defeating Bilbray, mingled among a few dozen donors who munched on freshly hand-rolled sushi and sipped locally brewed beer.
“Scott’s work on the coastal commission reflects his environmental values, and he has a moderate, balanced approach to business,” Kehoe told Roll Call. Busby, who’s lost to Bilbray three times, including in the hard-fought 2006 special election, said Peters “has a great chance with this, and it’s all going to come down of course to the ‘decline to state’ voters.”
Peters’ stump speech highlights his work to improve a once-blighted area of downtown, which he and Davis took Roll Call on a tour of en route to Coronado on Saturday morning. They pointed out projects they worked on together, such as a pedestrian bridge, and remarked about what more can be done.
“Sometimes I just have to pinch myself,” Davis said while cruising by topography-defined neighborhoods on the way downtown. “This is San Diego, and it is so cool.”
At a meet and greet that afternoon in Poway, a Republican-leaning city outside San Diego, Peters spoke with about 14 independents and Democrats likely to support him. Peters said he sometimes attends three of these a day. Some attendees handed over checks, and Peters asked all of them to get the word out about the campaign.
During his 15-minute speech, which was followed by a half-hour of questions, Peters highlighted another accomplishment he touts often — the completion of Highway 56. “It was the highway without a middle for a long time,” he said. “It doesn’t work as well without a middle.”
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.