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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Condado de San DiegoCandidato para Supervisor, Distrito 4

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Nathan Fletcher

Educator/Veterans Advocate
142,785 votos (57.5%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Standing up to the Trump Agenda needs to be priority number one. As Trump continues to slash much needed public funding for social services, Nathan will fight to ensure that our region is getting the necessary funding it needs.
  • Addressing the homeless crisis through increased mental health and social services, and providing more affordable housing
  • Providing job training, vocational education, and tuition free community college so that those in our community can have the best chance at securing employment.



Profesión:Professor of Practice of Political Science, UCSD
Member, California State Assembly — Cargo elegido (2008–2012)


California Baptist University Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (1999)

Actividades comunitarias

Chairman, Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported (2014–current)
Board Member, Headstrong (2017–current)


Nathan Fletcher is a Marine Corps combat veteran, former California State Assemblymember and is currently a Professor of Practice in Political Science at the University of California.

As an elected member of the California State Assembly Fletcher served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs in the New Economy and is the author of the landmark public safety legislation “Chelsea’s Law”.  In his time in office, he passed and had signed into law more than 30 bills, addressing issues including tax reform, healthcare, homelessness, veterans, job creation, public safety and more. He was also a leading advocate of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’

Before his election to the legislature, Nathan served as a Human Intelligence / Counterintelligence Specialist in the United States Marine Corps where he was decorated for valor in combat. He remains active with many veterans organizations including serving on the board of the Headstrong Project which provides world class, cost and stigma free mental health care to veterans. Nathan has tirelessly for advancements in mental health treatment for veterans and advocated forcefully on behalf of our deported veterans.    

Additionally, Nathan has worked with international non-governmental organizations to build and improve democracies and protect human rights in countries including East Timor, Cambodia, Serbia and Myanmar. He also previously served as the Senior Director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Qualcomm Incorporated working around the world on the intersection of jobs, technology and education striving to promote innovation, economic growth and corporate responsibility.

A frequent commentator, advocate, and public speaker, Fletcher has appeared on "The Today Show," "Larry King Live," MSNBC’s "Hardball," CNN, Fox News and in print publications including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, the Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California and the national advisory boards for both Organizing for Action and the Truman National Security Project.


Fletcher is an Ironman Triathlete and avid outdoorsman who enjoys surfing and alpine mountaineering/glacier climbing.  He lives with his wife, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and their four children in the City Heights community of San Diego, California.  

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • California Nurses Association
  • San Diego County Firefighters

Organizaciónes (1)

  • United Farmworkers Union

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (6)

Should the county spend more of its budget reserves on increasing social services? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

Yes, as the Trump Agenda continues to slash social service funding across the board all over the country, the County must do everything it can to protect the essential funding needed for our region. With nearly $2 billion sitting in reserves, the County owes it to its citizens to re-invest that money to tackle issues like homelessness, affordable housing, mental health services, and more in home healthcare workers for our seniors. 

Should the county invest more of its budget reserves in its affordable housing trust fund? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

Yes, with skyrocketing home prices and ever increasing rent, someting must be done in order to allow our local residents a comfortable and affordable place to live. We must look at all options when it comes to affordable housing and alternative dwellings.  I think the best first step is investing more county funding into the affordable housing trust fund. 

Do you support measures to stop the criminalization of homelessness? The basic human behaviors of many homeless people (like sitting, sleeping and bathing in public) are against the law. Please provide specific examples of measures you would support.
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

Absolutely. The homeless crisis in San Diego desperately needs to be addressed. Rather than criminalizing homelessness, more needs to be done to increase access to much needed social/mental health services, increased affordable housing, and job/vocational training. 

Do you support increasing housing density in unincorporated San Diego County? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

Yes, more needs to be done to address the current housing crisis in San Diego. By increasing housing density in San Diego not only can we provde more housing for our residents, but we can also build communities with public transit in mind to reduce carbon emmissions. 

Do you support permitting, regulating and taxing marijuana in unincorporated San Diego County? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

Yes, I will proactively support and push forward any policy that keeps the cannabis industry safe, regulated and legal so that the County can in turn put to good use incoming tax funds. 

Do you support the county’s Climate Action Plan? Why or why not?                                                          
Respuesta de Nathan Fletcher:

 The county needs to do more to tackle climate. The County's current plans are insufficient, We need to step up efforts to protect clean air and water. 

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