San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce begins endorsements of East County candidates

EL CAJON – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will begin endorsing candidates for elective office in the November 2020 general election, those found to be aligned with the Chamber’s goals of promoting business in East County.

The Chamber will consider endorsements for candidates to elected offices that serve the East County region. Recommendations on endorsements will be made by the Chamber Government Affairs Committee, with the final decision to be made by the Chamber Board of Directors.

Several offices are to be considered, including El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee City Councils; East County’s Elementary and High School Districts; Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; East County’s Water Boards; District 2 County Board of Supervisors; State Legislature; and Congress, as well as others.

Candidates seeking endorsement should submit a statement of no longer than 500 words on why they deserve the Chamber’s support. The candidate statement should address the question, “Why should the Chamber endorse you?”

Candidate statements should be submitted to Diana Senica by email at, no later than May 1, 2020.

A committee reviewing the statements, headed by former Chamber Board Chairman Joe Mackey, will determine whether in-person interviews of candidates will be necessary. Candidates may or may not be interviewed.

The Chamber Board of Directors plans on announcing any endorsement decisions in July 2020.

Those with questions about the endorsement process should contact Diana Senica at the Chamber, 619-440-6161.

Instructions to Candidates Seeking Endorsement in the November 2020 General Election

The East County Chamber will consider candidate endorsements in this year’s general election.


One question for any candidate requesting endorsement, with a one-page response of a maximum of 500 words to be received by Chamber no later than May 1, 2020:

Why should the Chamber endorse you?

Responses are to be provided to Diana Senica at the Chamber via email,

A committee has been formed to review the candidate statements, with any recommendations to the Government Affairs Committee, then to the Chamber Board of Directors.

Committee to begin reviewing statements May 4, 2020, with a decision on Chamber endorsements planned for July 2020.


Interviews may or may not be conducted and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Offices to be considered (those overlapping East County Chamber service area):

  • City Council – El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee
  • Schools & College – East County Elementary and High School Districts, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
  • Water Boards – Helix, Otay, Padre Dam, Lakeside
  • State Assembly
  • State Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • Grossmont Healthcare District
  • Board of Supervisors – District 2
  • Countywide Offices


Those with questions about the endorsement process should contact Diana Senica at the Chamber, 619-440-6161


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