The November 4, 2014 election in California assembly district 78 presents one of the most extreme choices of candidates in the culture wars now raging in the United States.
AD 78 is one of 80 California assembly districts and includes 40 miles of the most beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches in the world, from Solana Beach extending south to Del Mar, La Jolla, Mission Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.
Atkins followed lesbian San Diego city councilmember Christine Kehoe onto the city council, was elected to the California assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. She became the Democrat majority leader of the assembly on September 1, 2012, and became speaker of the assembly on May 12 of this year.
Atkins pushes the homosexual agenda and is married to Jennifer LeSar, president and CEO of LeSar Development Consultants which provides consulting for local governments.
Atkins authored AB 154 to allow non-physician midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to perform abortions – even on 12 year-old girls, without even parental knowledge.
Atkins promoted AB 980 to repeal all California abortion service regulations for primary care clinics.
When she was sworn in as the first lesbian speaker of the California assembly, Atkins was accompanied by LeSar in front of the California assembly chambers alongside the first gay assembly speaker John Perez, standing on the dais and applauding.
The Republican 78th candidate, Barbara Decker, could hardly be more opposite to Toni Atkins.
Decker has been married for 33 years to her husband Chris and has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.
Decker states her main political goal is “to create an environment where other young families can live and raise their children as she was able to do in San Diego.”
Decker has been endorsed by the California Pro Life Council and pro-life and pro-family legislators and public figures.
Toni Atkins has raised over $2 million dollars for her campaign and donated almost all of it to other Democrat candidates and organizations to buy their loyalty to maintain her speaker position. She has spent almost nothing on her 78th AD campaign.
Barbara Decker has depended on small contributions from friends and self-funding for her campaign and has not reached the $25,000 limit for campaign finance reporting.
The voter turnout is expected to be low. However, Republicans are expected to turn out in large numbers because of concern for and against the candidacy of Carl DiMaio for the 52nd Congressional District which overlaps with most of the 78th AD.