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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of EncinitasCandidate for Mayor

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Catherine Blakespear

Encinitas Mayor
24,851 votes (73.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing: Provide more affordable housing; end our housing lawsuits; get compliant with state housing laws
  • Transportation: Make it easier to bike and walk while reducing traffic congestion
  • Environmental: Implement our gold standard Climate Action Plan by making the city "greener" through our commitment to environmental sustainability



Profession:Encinitas Mayor/Attorney
Attorney, Self (2006–current)
Mayor, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2016–2018)
City Council Member, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2014–2016)


University of Utah Juris Doctorate (law degree), Law (2006)
Northwestern University Masters of Science, Journalism (1999)
Northwestern University Bachelors of Science, Journalism (1998)


Since being elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2014 and as Encinitas Mayor in 2016, Catherine has been working every day to preserve our paradise.

She has been endorsed by the Sierra Club for her environmental commitments and the Encinitas Firefighters Association for her public safety commitments.

Catherine is a champion for improved roads that better serve all users, particularly people biking and walking. Since she was elected mayor, Encinitas adopted one of the county's only "gold standard" climate action plans. 

As a practicing attorney and a parent of two school aged children, Catherine brings a valuable perspective to the role of mayor.   

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Encinitas Firefighters Association
  • Sierra Club

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (3)

Do you support increasing the housing density in Encinitas? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Catherine Blakespear:

We must increase density in order to comply with state law. I believe we should comply with state law. Additionally, homes that are smaller are more affordable by design. I support Measure U, which is the city's housing plan. 

Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness in Encinitas? What specific changes, if any, would you make?
Answer from Catherine Blakespear:

We are always trying to do more to help those living without a home to find shelter and stability. 

Do you advocate any changes to the City's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Answer from Catherine Blakespear:

The voters will decide in 2020 whether the city should allow a full supply chain - manufacturing, cannabis kitchens, delivery and retail. I will support the voters in their determination. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Catherine believes in fiscal discipline and collaborative teamwork. She actively works to maintain civility by giving voice to this value and modeling it in her treatment of her City Council colleagues and the public. 

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