The Coast News Group
Esther Sanchez
Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez is the first Latina to run for Oceanside mayor. Courtesy photo
Cities Community Oceanside

Sanchez first Latina mayoral candidate in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE  — Longtime Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez will be the first Latina in the city’s history to run for mayor in this year’s election. 

A story published in last week’s edition of The Coast News incorrectly stated Sanchez had withdrawn from the city’s mayoral race and also wrongly referred to Oceanside City Councilman Jack Feller as a former councilman.

Both Feller and Sanchez are currently on the council and actively running for mayor. The Coast News sincerely regrets these errors.

Sanchez has served on the council since 2000.

Sanchez told The Coast News her priority issues include affordable housing, sheltering the city’s unsheltered, Smart Growth, jobs, the business community and protecting what’s left of Oceanside’s habitat and open spaces, including the coast and farmlands.

“I love Oceanside,” Sanchez said. “I was born and raised here, so our current and future economic and environmental sustainability is so passionately important to me. We must move now to implement a strong climate action plan, community choice energy, affordable housing, and employment centers.  Our kids call it saving the planet. I think it’s a great love for our community.”

Sanchez was first elected District 1 representative in 2018 during the city’s first district election. 


Christina September 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

I love reading other people’s comments. Those who support Sanchez have given definitive reasons why they do. Those who don’t support her are vague, or give one word negatives, like “No”. I would like to know exactly why you don’t support her ….. not voting to legalize cannabis is a singular reason, not convincing even though I agree cannabis should be legal; 20 years on City Council seems to be a plus, not a reason to vote her out. I live in an Over 55 Mobile Home Community on Rent Control. That is my main reason for voting for Esther Sanchez …. because it’s a fact that she put up a fight to protect us in the past and will do so again if necessary. I don’t know how many thousands (yes, thousands) of people in Oceanside are on rent control, but to vote it out would be a sentence to homelessness for many older people. And I believe strongly that 20 years’ experience is extremely valuable. I see signs for Dick Rodriguez saying that say he’s a Farmer, a Businessman, and a Vet…..good for him, but what does that experience have to do with being a qualified candidate for mayor?

Albert September 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Esther continues to vote against legal cannabis even though the majority of Oceanside voted to approve it in 2016, proving she doesn’t listen to her constituents and votes with her bias. She does not resinate with the younger voters and after 20 years of sucking off the city, she’s become complacent and a hinderance to progress.

Linda Slater September 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

I am a homeowner in one of the Oceana Senior Communities in Oceanside. Esther Sanchez is a friend of seniors. Many of my friends and I have had issues where we needed help from City Hall. After several emails and phone calls, it was apparent that Councilmember Sanchez is the only council member who is willing to help. She listens to our concerns and provides reasoned responses. We consider her our friend and someone we can count on when necessary. From my perspective, the qualities of a mayor that matter are knowledge, experience, the ability to listen and solve problems. My friends and I will be voting for Esther Sanchez for Oceanside Mayor.

Z Garcia September 5, 2020 at 4:31 pm

youre the demco president who tipped the club endorsement process in her favor. Dirty politics.

Kathleen Bailey September 4, 2020 at 11:06 am

There is no one more qualified to become Mayor of Oceanside than ESTHER SANCHEZ. Esther is passionately devoted to Oceanside and its needs and knows it better than anyone else ever could. She lives in the same Oceanside house that she grew up in. She graduated from college and law school with honors. She has been a leader her entire life. She is down to earth and open to ideas from others. We need Esther Sanchez as Mayor of our wonderful Oceanside.

Z Garcia September 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm


Clinton Russell September 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Esther Sanchez has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Oceanside as a long standing City Council member and has always put the people of Oceanside first rather than catering to corporate lobbyist. She knows Oceanside because she has lived here her entire life. Esther would be a great Mayor for our Great City of Oceanside.

Z Garcia September 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

ive lived here my whole life and i dont want her to be my mayor

Maria Arredondo Russell September 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm

Maria Russell

Oceanside is a very diverse city and it should be reflected in our City Council. Esther Sanchez is the perfect candidate for Mayor. Her moral compass, political experience, and her long life devotion in helping all communities is just what we need!

Carolyn Krammer September 3, 2020 at 11:50 am

Esther Sanchez is the only candidate that has consistently voted to protect our neighborhoods. She votes for Oceanside not developers. Good Luck Esther Sanchez for Mayor, you have my vote.

Sandy Saiz September 3, 2020 at 7:18 am

Esther has always given her full commitment in preservation of our neighborhoods. We moved to Oceanside in 2001 from Orange County. Then, a few years later some drastic changes were to be made in our neighborhood. My neighbors and I asked to meet with council for assistance and the only one who met with us was Esther. She continued to meet with us and helped our neighborhood in preservation of its beauty. Right there and then, Esther proved to me that she cares. Since then, she has always shown to make decisions that would be the best for Oceanside and it’s people. Looking forward to voting for her in November.

J Melendez August 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Sanchez is the only candidate willing to fight for our neighborhoods. I respect her greatly. Howard and Major have never been active on issues that affect Oceanside. No idea what they’ve ever done for this community.

Z Garcia September 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Youre ignorant about what theyve done for Oside and havent bothered reading about them.

Carolina August 23, 2020 at 4:08 am

Just VOTE NO whenever Sanchez is in a ballot…coming from a Latina Democrat if you really care about Oceanside

Don Gomez August 21, 2020 at 10:27 pm

I’m not a fan of Feller or Sanchez, both have been on the council for over two decades and have not been very effective during that time. We need fresh faces in Oceanside city government. That’s why I support Rob Howard for Mayor of Oceanside.

But as a paid advertiser with the Coast News, I have to ask how you made such a grievous error in both the cases of Sanchez and Feller though. That’s just sloppy fact gathering. I won’t even call it journalism. I’ll never advertise with this publication again.

Albert August 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

After 20 years on council, it’s time for Sanchez to hang it up and move on already.

Leave a Comment