2024 Primary Election Voter Guide - Gun Violence Prevention

Voter Guide

Gun Violence Prevention Champions and Candidates

Primary Election — Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The SD4GVP Gun Violence Prevention Candidate distinction is intended to identify local candidates who have expressed their willingness to lead with gun safety in mind. The SD4GVP Gun Violence Prevention Champion distinction is intended to identify Gun Violence Prevention Candidates who have demonstrated exceptionally proactive, consistent and relentless public work to prevent gun violence. Multiple candidates in a single race can receive a distinction. Distinctions are non-partisan, as is legislation to stop gun violence. These distinctions are different from and should not be interpreted as endorsements. Read about all the qualifying candidates below, and scroll to the bottom to read about our evaluation process.

For information on candidates at the federal and state levels, check Brady PAC, Giffords Gun Safety Candidates, and Gun Sense Voter.

County Races

Terra Lawson-Remer

Terra Lawson-Remer
San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3
GVP Champion

“While on the Board of Supervisors, I have successfully championed a landmark policy preventing the possession and distribution of illegal, unserialized ghost guns, an ordinance requiring all guns in homes be secured with a trigger lock or in locked containers, and passed a policy to authorize the County to explore lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Most recently, we enacted a new County of San Diego Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan, which includes 17 actions for the County to take over the next two years to protect against and prevent firearm violence.”

– Terra Lawson-Remer

SD4GVP is proud to name Terra Lawson-Remer as a Gun Violence Prevention Champion. A Champion is a higher level distinction reserved for the very few candidates whose work has been proactive and relentless.

To find out more about Terra Lawson-Remer and her campaign, visit terralawsonremer.com.

City Races – San Diego Mayor

Todd Gloria

Todd Gloria
Mayor of San Diego
GVP Champion

As Mayor, it is and will continue to be one of my top priorities to keep San Diegans safe from gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer. In seeking to recruit a new police chief, I will ensure the winning candidate is well versed and committed to gun violence prevention, and to person-centered approaches to developing and strengthening relationships in our communities. It is critical to continue San Diego’s leadership in issuing Gun Violence Restraining Orders when someone is a danger to themselves or others.

– Todd Gloria

SD4GVP is proud to name Todd Gloria as a Gun Violence Prevention Champion. A Champion is a higher-level distinction reserved for the very few candidates whose work has been proactive and relentless.

To find out more about Todd Gloria and his campaign, visit toddgloria.com.

Genevieve Jones-Wright

Geneviéve Jones-Wright
Mayor of San Diego
GVP Candidate

A commitment to violence intervention and prevention is essential for preventing gun violence as it addresses both the root causes and the aftermath of such incidents. Intervention and prevention initiatives work towards stopping violence before it occurs, through mentorship, outreach, and mental health support. Survivor assistance is crucial for healing and breaking the cycle of violence in affected communities.

– Geneviéve Jones-Wright

SD4GVP is proud to name Geneviéve Jones-Wright as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Geneviéve Jones-Wright and her campaign, visit Wright4SD.com.

City Races – San Diego

Joe LaCava, San Diego City Council, District 1

Joe LaCava
San Diego City Council, District 1
GVP Candidate

Safe gun storage is all of our responsibilities. Let’s protect our children by ensuring guns don’t fall into the wrong hands.

– Joe LaCAva

SD4GVP is proud to name Joe LaCava as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Joe LaCava and his campaign, visit https://www.joelacava.com

Stephen Whitburn

Stephen Whitburn
San Diego City Council, District 3
GVP Candidate

I have been proud to march with so many of my fellow San Diegans to call for gun reform. We must strengthen public safety with laws such as the City’s ghost gun ban, and also support violence prevention programs, including those that work with youth and young adults in our neighborhoods to transition them out of the system.

– Stephen Whitburn

SD4GVP is proud to name Stephen Whitburn as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Stephen Whitburn and his campaign, visit whitburnforcouncil.com.

Marni von Wilpert

Marni von Wilpert
San Diego City Council, District 5
GVP Champion

We must acknowledge the critical importance of proactively addressing gun violence by implementing effective prevention and intervention strategies. That is why I authored San Diego’s ghost gun ban and worked with San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention to pass it into law, why I strongly support Gun Violence Restraining Orders, and have proposed that the city reform firearm procurement practices to ensure the City only does business with responsible firearms dealers.

– Marni Von Wilpert

SD4GVP is proud to name Marni von Wilpert as a Gun Violence Prevention Champion. A Champion is a higher-level distinction reserved for the very few candidates whose work has been proactive and relentless.

To find out more about Marni von Wilpert and her campaign, visit marniforsandiego.com.

Sean Elo-Rivera

Sean Elo-Rivera
San Diego City Council, District 9
GVP Candidate

We must position the City to better support young people and people in crisis. Among other initiatives, I advocated for the creation and funding of the City’s Office of Youth and Child Success, created the Housing Instability Prevention Program, and funded Youth Care drop-in centers and a violence intervention program called No Shots Fired.

– Sean Elo-Rivera

SD4GVP is proud to name Sean Elo-Rivera as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Sean Elo-Rivera and his campaign, visit seanelorivera.com.

Heather Ferbert

Heather Ferbert
San Diego City Attorney
GVP Candidate

As City Attorney, I want to expand Your Safe Place, a family justice center, to make sure survivors of domestic violence have access to all the services needed to help them into a different situation. I also plan to continue the use of gun violence restraining orders, which not only have stopped countless suicides, but have been used to take firearms out of the hands of people where a judge deems them to be a threat to others, such as in cases of substance abuse, stalking, mass shooting threats, and serious mental health conditions.

– Heather Ferbert

SD4GVP is proud to name Heather Ferbert as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Heather Ferbert and her campaign, visit heatherferbert.com.

Brian Maienschein

Brian Maienschein
San Diego City Attorney
GVP Candidate

Mental health issues have been one of my top priorities while in the Assembly. I have supported expanded mental healthcare, and the establishment of 988, the Suicide Prevention hotline to provide 24/7 crisis intervention services. Removing access to firearms from those who are in crisis is an important part of suicide prevention. In the Assembly, I have supported efforts to expand gun violence restraining orders to allow for more individuals to petition the court, and authored a bill to expand educational efforts around both gun violence and domestic violence restraining orders.

– Brian Maienschein

SD4GVP is proud to name Brian Maienschein as a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Brian Maienschein and his campaign, visit BrianMaienschein.com.

City Races – Chula Vista

Marco Verdugo<br />
Chula Vista City Attorney<br />
GVP Candidate

Marco Verdugo
Chula Vista City Attorney
GVP Candidate

I prioritize public safety. It is crucial to address the root causes of violence, emphasize education on gun safety, stringently apply gun safety laws, and prevent unsafe access to firearms.

– Marco Verdugo

SD4GVP is proud to name Marco Verdugo a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Marco Verdugo and his campaign, visit marcoverdugo.com

Education Races

Sabrina Bazzo

Sabrina Bazzo
San Diego Unified School Board, District A
GVP Candidate

I wholeheartedly support providing public funding for educational outreach about safe firearm storage laws. Additionally, I endorse the SD4GVP initiative for a Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit for Schools, and firmly believe in encouraging school districts to actively educate families on safe storage practices.

– Sabrina Bazzo

SD4GVP is proud to name Sabrina Bazzo a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate.

To find out more about Bazzo and her campaign, visit bazzoforschoolboard.com.

Our Evaluation Process

In the run-up to an election, SD4GVP invites candidates to fill out a questionnaire. It is an opportunity for them to describe their past and current work in gun violence prevention and related areas, and to outline their intention to work toward preventing gun violence in the future. SD4GVP considers candidate responses, as well as policy positions outlined on their campaign website, their public statements, and actions they have initiated or supported that forward our mission to reduce gun violence. Sources include interviews with the media, public forums they have participated in going back several years, and social media posts. Based on all of this information, SD4GVP designates qualifying candidates as either Gun Violence Prevention Candidates or Gun Violence Prevention Champions and lists them on the SD4GVP GVP Candidates Page.

Bookmark this page and check back for more candidates as the election draws near.

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