The 78th State Assembly District race pits an incumbent Democrat vs. two Republican challengers.
Toni Atkins served her term in office representing the 76th district. She faces Ralph Denney, a small business owner and Robert E. Williams, a Republican Central Committee member in Tuesday's state primary.
The district, reshaped following the 2010 census, takes in a broad sweep of the coast, from Solana Beach through La Jolla, Point Loma and Coronado, down to the border through Imperial Beach. It sweeps through a selection of San Diego neighborhoods as well, stretching farthest east across Interstate 8.
Patch posed questions to candidates throughout San Diego County, in the guise of fictitious constituents of all ages, professions and backgrounds, to give those seeking the office the chance to address a variety of problems they might be faced with should they win the seat.
Here are links to their answers.
Williams did not respond to multiple emails and calls seeking his participation.