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KPBS Midday Edition Special: San Diego's 2022 Primary Election

A ballot box is watched by two attendants at the San Diego Registrar of Voters, March 11, 2022.
Jacob Aere
A ballot box is watched by two attendants at the San Diego Registrar of Voters, March 11, 2022.

With the 2022 primary election is just one week away on June 7, a KPBS Midday Edition special program looks at some of the key races in San Diego County and hears from Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes.

Voting-by-mail is already underway. The last day to register to vote was May 23 but if voters missed the deadline they can still register and vote in person at any vote center location. While June 7 is the statewide primary election day, many vote centers are open prior to election day. Vote center and drop-off locations close at 8 p.m. on election day.

KPBS's Voter Hub has a variety of resources for voters including a comprehensive ballot guide, polling and ballot drop-off locators, a vote center finder, live results on election night as well as reporting on candidates and issues.


Vote Centers

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes is another information hub on the ins and outs of this election. Paes joined Midday Edition Tuesday to talk more about her role in the election's process and what she has learned in the aftermath of the contentious 2020 Presidential election.

"What we do here is we want to remove barriers to the voting process," San Diego County Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes said.

She cited the work done on the Registrar's website,, as a place to learn more about the different ways voters can cast their ballot, whether by mail or in-person.

"So trying to build out a more information-rich environment and just increase our ability to get factual information about elections in the hands of voters," Paes said.


Paes has also overseen a change in how elections are held in San Diego, moving away from polling places to vote centers.

"We will have less locations but they will be open for more days, and provide more services. And voters can go to any vote center in the county and vote," Paes said.


There are 26 candidates are running for governor in the June Primary. Incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom is running for reelection and is widely expected to be the largest vote-getter.

The real question is who of the other 25 candidates will join Newsom on the ballot in November?

The San Diego Union-Tribune's editorial board director Matt Hall joined talked to about the contenders.

Attorney General

Much like the Governor's race, the bet in political circles is that California’s attorney general primary is also a race for second place. Incumbent Attorney General Rob Bonta faces three candidates who have the potential to be serious challengers. They are Sacramento district attorney Anne Marie Schubert, Nathan Hochman, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and Los Angeles lawyer, Eric Early.

KQED reporter Marisa Lagos shares more about the race for the California's top attorney.


San Diego hasn’t had a new Sheriff in over a decade but that is changing now, as voters choose the replacement for retired Sheriff Bill Gore. KPBS Reporter Claire Trageser introduces us to the people running for San Diego Sheriff.

City Council 2

One of the most competitive races in the primary election is the race for San Diego City Council District 2. Incumbent Jen Campbell faces five challengers in the Central Coastal District in San Diego. KPBS metro reporter Andrew Bowen takes a closer look at some of those candidates and their priorities.

Chula Vista Mayor

Chula Vista will elect its first new mayor for the first time since 2014. Whoever is elected will have to address the city’s structural budget deficit, and try to bring a four-year university to the South Bay. KPBS reporter Gustavo Solis talked to four of the six candidates in the race.

California Assembly District 80

The race for Assembly District 80 is not like the other races on the ballot. Voters for this office will need to vote not just once, but twice. KPBS Speak City Heights reporter Jacob Aere explains why.

For more information, visit the KPBS Voter Hub.