San Diego Union-Tribune: Defund the Police? Commentaries from Officials and Candidates


City of San Diego officials and candidates write about the Police Department budget and the future of policing.

As printed in the Sunday, June 14, 2020, edition: We asked the San Diego mayor, city attorney, City Council, and all the mayoral, city attorney and council candidates about the future of San Diego policing. Council members Chris Cate, Monica Montgomery, Vivian Moreno, Scott Sherman and Chris Ward declined to write.

Here are 19 essays, including those of the council president and her congressional opponent: Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell, San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey, City Council President and Congressional candidate Georgette Gómez, Congressional candidate Sara Jacobs, City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Barbara Bry, California Assemblyman and mayoral candidate Todd Gloria, City attorney candidate Cory Briggs, City Attorney Mara Elliott, City Council District 1 candidate Joe LaCava, City Council District 1 candidate Will Moore, City Council District 3 candidate Toni Duran, City Council District 3 candidate Stephen Whitburn, City Council candidate District 5 Joe Leventhal, City Council candidate District 5 Marni von Wilpert, City Council District 7 candidate Raul Campillo, City Council District 7 candidate Noli Zosa, City Council District 9 candidate Kelvin Barrios, and City Council District 9 candidate Sean Elo-Rivera.

The essays are available online on the San Diego Union Tribune website at


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