Interesting Choice for Democrats in 76th Assembly; newcomer Brittany Catton files papers, poses strong Primary challenge to ex-San Diego Councilwoman Toni Atkins

Jim Sills Jim Sills


Brittany  Catton   vs     T  Atkins

Everything looks different today in the Open Seat 76th Assembly

A new face, Brittany Catton, filed papers in the past 24 hours setting a classic choice for Democratic primary election voters…………………….

Here’s the field apparently shaping up:

Brittany Catton, age 28, the director of development and public relations at San Diego Armed Services YMCA. She is a first-time San Diego candidate, and University of San Diego graduate.

Toni Atkins, age 47, term-limited off the SD City Council in 2008. From 1993 – 2000 she was an aide to Councilwoman Christine Kehoe. Atkins seeks to continue her government career in 2010 as the Democrat Establishment pick.

Alan Hoffenblum’s California Target Book first reported the Catton challenge, but it remained “iffy” to many observers until she took out the official petition papers yesterday.


The District includes these well-known neighborhoods: Point Loma, Clairemont, Bay Park, Pacific Beach, Serra Mesa, Mission Village, North Park, Mission Valley, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Uptown and South Park.

Party registration, as of December 8th, is 42% Democrat, 27% Republican, 26% Independent and 5% minor parties.

UPSET HISTORY 2004 – 2010 ?

The seat was last open in 2004, when the clear favorites for the Democratic nod were Vince Hall (former top aide to Gov. Gray Davis) and Heidi von Szeliski (a top pollster). When the votes were counted on March 2, 2004, however, the winner was long-shot Lori Saldana, who is now completing her 3rd and final Assembly term.

— Brittany Catton will certainly have made many friends with her stellar work at the Armed Services YMCA, helping the Home Front with many projects to assist local military families. But she has a hill to climb to overcome the better-known and funded Atkins.

Can fresh new face Brittany Catton pull another election Upset in the tumultuous 76th Assembly district? Stay Tuned!