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  Meet the Candidate

Crystal Crawford for State Assembly
Sherryl L. Parks | Kalamath Drive


Courtesy of the Crawford Campaign

Crystal Crawford will complete her 12th year of service on our City Council in December and she plans to begin a new level of political involvement in Sacramento serving on the State Legislature for the 74th District. The Sandpiper had several questions for her as she completes her dedicated work for our community and looks to her future.

You have been working so long and hard for Del Mar, why would you want to seek higher office in Sacramento?

Over the last several years local governments have been held hostage with delays in passing the state budget and increased financial burdens being placed on local government to fill the service gaps that the state has created. I understand from the ground up how local government serves the people, which is to plan ahead as we have always done in Del Mar. And to deliver budgets that we can pay for while still providing key public safety services to our residents. I am a candidate for the State Legislature because I want to put my local government experience into practice in Sacramento.

How has your service in Del Mar prepared you with the necessary background in terms of knowledge, skills and networking?

From my twelve years on the City Council, I understand what it takes to work successfully with residents, staff, and elected officials from around the region, and I’ve learned what it can take to get things done. Difficult projects like the fire management cooperation agreement take years to accomplish and require patience and tenacity. But we benefited immediately from sharing resources with Solana Beach, Encinitas, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District – we have more services and support available at reduced costs. Over the years, I’ve learned how to find solutions to the everyday problems of local government while at the same time protecting the services that our community deserves.


Crystal Crawford and John Graybill at Lee Haydu's kick-off
Photo John Kerridge


You have only a few council meetings remaining. Is it true that you have never missed a City Council meeting?

Yes, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have a perfect attendance record.

Will you still live in DM?

Yes, and how fortunate that I get to return here each week. Legislators maintain residency in their districts and commute to Sacramento during the legislative session.

What is your first and highest priority once you get to Sacramento?

Frankly, my priority is better government, which to me means in the first instance passing a sensible budget on time and then moving on to tackle the structural reform that has been needed for many, many years. I’ve been talking with voters for months now, and I know they want their elected officials to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. I am committed to returning California to its status as the “Golden State” and that means investing in education, caring for our seniors and working families, streamlining the state bureaucracy in order to create an environment where small businesses can succeed and our economy can thrive, and protecting our natural resources.


Crystal Crawford at Terry Sinnott's kick-off
Photo John Kerridge

You’ll be on the ballot November 2nd. What cities are included in the 74th Assembly District?

The 74th includes all voters in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, and San Marcos. It also includes the Del Mar Heights and Torrey Pines Terrace neighborhoods in San Diego, and a few precincts in the northeast corner of Oceanside. The district includes the unincorporated area of Rancho Santa Fe, Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest, Gopher Canyon, and Deer Springs and goes as far as Lake Wohlford. You can see a map of the district on my website at:


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