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Blackburn wins Carlsbad mayor’s race in landslide, Bhat-Patel headed to second term

Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — Voters have elected Councilman Keith Blackburn as the city’s next mayor in a landslide victory over challenger Mike Curtin, early returns show.  Blackburn...
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Melanie Burkholder announces campaign for 76th Assembly District

CARLSBAD — Melanie Burkholder began her campaign for California’s 76th Assembly District today, challenging two-term Democrat, Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath. Burkholder, a Republican, took on...
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Election 2020: North County’s State Assembly Candidates

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Over the past two months, The Coast News sent electronic questionnaires in four batches to North County candidates in different levels of government, including federal...
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Campaigning in a pandemic: COVID-19 presents challenge for both parties

Catherine Allen
REGION — After commenting on hot-button issues ranging from California’s AB 5 to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, Rep. Mike Levin paused a morning Zoom...
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North County Republicans say voters don’t like leftward drift

Dan Brendel
REGION — Sensing voter unease about a too-far-leftward drift in Washington and Sacramento, three North County Republican candidates expressed optimism at a July 30 virtual...
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Court rules against Burkholder after challenge

Steve Puterski
REGION — The race for the 76th District in the California Assembly is already becoming heated. Carlsbad Republican challenger Melanie Burkholder’s candidate statement designation was challenged...
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Fourth candidate emerges for AD 76 race

Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — The field for the 76th Assembly District seat has another challenger. Melanie Burkholder, a Republican from Carlsbad, announced July 17 she will challenge...