Democratic Rep. Mike Levin declared victory Wednesday in the election for a third term in a district that Republicans once thought could be flipped.
“With the vast majority of votes tabulated and the race called in our favor, it is with great honor and humility that I will return to serve California’s 49th District in the United States House of Representatives again,” he said.
Counting continues, but Levin leads Republican challenger Brian Mayrott by 51.6% to 47.4%.
He thanked the voters and his campaign staff, and added, “I also want to thank Brian Maryott. A thriving democracy requires competition for citizens’ votes, and to those who voted for Mr. Maryott, I want to reassure you that my door is always open.”
Levin’s victory in the district that stretches from north coastal San Diego County to south Orange County came as the Republican party claimed a narrow majority in the House.
CNN reported the GOP now has 218 seats — a bare majority — with counting continuing for another six seats.
In San Diego, controversial Measure B, which would end free trash pickup for owners of single-family homes, moved into a narrow lead at 50.4% to 49.6% with just 15,000 ballots remaining to be counted across the county
If the measure is approved, it would overturn the century-old “People’s Ordinance,” which has been declared inequitable by two grand juries because renters and condominium owners have to pay for trash service. City officials say that the ordinance also prevents improvements in service because of the requirement for it to be free.
Another controversial ballot item, Measure C to end building height limits in the rundown Midway District, continued to build its lead, with the tally at 51.1% “yes” after the latest count.
In the race for the county assessor/recorder/clerk position, former City Councilwoman Barbara Bry conceded and congratulated opponent Jordan Marks, who is currently the chief deputy assessor.
“With almost all the votes counted, my opponent is ahead by about 30,000, and we expect that his lead will continue. I congratulate Jordan Marks,” Bry said.
“Our campaign brought more attention to an important office that has operated under the radar, and I hope that will continue,” she added.