San Diego, CA – Dr. Akilah Weber is running far ahead of the rest of the field of candidates in the special election for the 79th Assembly District. Dr. Weber has received around 52% of votes counted so far.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has not yet announced how many ballots remain to be counted, but Dr. Weber’s first place finish is secure. If Dr. Weber finishes with more than 50% of the vote, she will be seated as the next Assemblymember without a runoff election.

Dr. Akilah Weber released the following statement regarding tonight’s results:
“Tonight’s win and these results are staggering; I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith that the voters have placed in me. My campaign is focused on one mission: creating healthier communities for everyone who lives and works in the 79th district. Although there are votes yet to be counted, I am eager to start that work restoring economic prosperity, expanding high quality healthcare, investing in education, and protecting our environment. There are innumerable tasks ahead to create an equitable and prosperous California, but together I know that we can achieve these essential ambitions.  

Hundreds of people worked hard to earn this victory, and I am so grateful for their friendship, commitment, and trust. I want to thank my family, without whom none of this would be possible, all of the volunteers and supporters who fueled our campaign, and most of all the voters for their trust and confidence. 
I promise to continue the work we have started tonight, and to fight every day to advance the values we share. Thank you.”
Current Vote Totals Vote Totals Vote Share
Dr. Akilah Weber 28,834 52.14%
Marco Contreras 18,428 33.33%
Leticia Munguia 4,492 8.12%
Shane Parmely 2,869 5.19%
Aeiramique Glass-Blake

The latest vote totals can be found on the San Diego County Registrar’s website, SDVote.com.

Dr. Akilah Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and she is the founder and director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She also leads the adolescent gynecology program at UC San Diego Health, and she serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSD.

Dr. Weber has served on the La Mesa City Council since 2018 where she’s worked to implement the city’s Climate Action Plan and championed the creation of both a Community Police Oversight Board and the La Mesa homelessness task force. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Weber has also been on the frontlines of the city’s efforts to protect public health. Her long record of community activism includes serving on the boards of La Mesa Conversations and the La Mesa- Foothills Democratic Club, and volunteering as the science coordinator for the Links to STEM program for children who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

Dr. Weber grew up in the Oak Park neighborhood of San Diego and graduated from Encanto Elementary School and Gompers Secondary School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and her Medical degree from the University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Weber completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Chicago Cook County Hospital and her fellowship in Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Weber, and her husband, Dennis, live in La Mesa, with their boys, Kadir and Jalil, and their rescue dog, Shaka. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Incorporated.