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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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San Diego County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 76

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Esther C. Sanchez

Attorney/Council Member
21,901 votes (19.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Represent all our diverse communities in the 76th AD, especially with respect to jobs, housing, education, economic and environmental sustainability, economic development and quality of life
  • Ensure representative government through voter registration and voter turnout
  • Ensure safe neighborhoods and preserve our residential communities, protect our senior neighborhoods, and address youth issues



Profession:Oceanside City Council Member, Attorney; former CA Coastal Commissioner; currently member of the Dem Central Committee
Attorney, Law Office of Esther Sanchez (2009–current)
Council Member, City of Oceanside — Elected position (2000–current)
Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2015–current)
Member, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2015–current)
Commissioner, California Coastal Commission — Appointed position (2009–2013)
Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County (1989–2008)
President, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association — Elected position (1997–1998)


University of California, Hastings College of Law JD, Law (1986)
Brown University BA, Urban Studies, Latin American Studies (1978)


My name is Esther Sanchez. I was born and raised in Oceanside, first generation Latina on my mother's side, now part of a 5 generation Oceanside family. I am a lifelong Democrat, as was my dad.

My parents worked in the fields, then in a rubber factory and Camp Pendleton.  With my parent’s strong work ethic and beliefs in family, faith, and education, I graduated from Oceanside High and then went on to receive my BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and JD from UC Hastings College of Law.  A lifetime commitment to the community, I served as a deputy public defender for 20 years and chair of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association in 1998. 

Encouraged by the election of Cruz Bustamante as the first Latino Lieutenant Governor, I decided to run for City Council in my hometown of Oceanside in 2000.  In a field of 15 candidates, I won the most votes and have easily won re-election three times, currently running for my fifth term. I have worked hard to represent all communities and residents of Oceanside and of the region. I have served on the city council as the only woman, only Democrat and only person of color for the majority of my 16 years.  

I am a member of the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, which has recognized my public service several times over the years. I am also on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party.

I  was appointed Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission by Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass, earning the highest ratings by statewide environmental organizations in ensuring the protection, preservation and public access of our California coastline and resources. 

I have a law practice in Oceanside.  I am a strong believer in representative government, with a passion for the Constitution of the United States and of the State of California.

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