Barbara Bry

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Barbara Bry
Member of the
San Diego City Council
for the First District
Assumed office
December 12, 2016
Mayor Kevin Faulconer
Preceded by Sherri Lightner
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Neil Senturia
Residence La Jolla, California
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Harvard University (MBA)
Website City Council District 1 website

Barbara Bry is an American elected official in San Diego, California. She serves as a member of the San Diego City Council representing City Council District 1. She is a Democrat,[1] although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.

District 1 includes the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, La Jolla, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, University City, and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus.[2]

San Diego City Council

The 2016 San Diego City Council election for District 1 featured an open seat since incumbent Sherri Lightner was ineligible to run due to term limits. Bry, a Democrat, was expected to run against Republican Ray Ellis and Democrat Joe LaCava to replace Lightner. However, LaCava announced that he had decided not to run in January 2016.[3] In March 2016, Bruce Lightner, husband to the incumbent Sherri Lightner, and Kyle Heiskala, a policy advisor on Sherri Lightner's City Council staff, pulled papers to run for the District 1 seat.[4]

Since no candidate received a majority of the votes in the June primary, Bry and Ellis were slated to advance to the November runoff election.[5] However, on August 12, 2016 Ellis announced that he would be withdrawing from the election.[6] Despite effectively conceding the race, Ellis's name still appeared on November ballot.[7] Bry was then elected to the City Council in November.

San Diego City Council District 1 primary election, 2016[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Bry 18,559 48%
Republican Ray Ellis 12,982 34%
Republican Bruce D. Lightner 3,711 10%
Nonpartisan Kyle Heiskala 2,344 6%
Nonpartisan Louis A. Rodolico 707 2%
Total votes 38,303 100%
General election
Democratic Barbara Bry 38,470 65%
Republican Ray Ellis 20,305 35%
Total votes 58,775 100%

Committee Assignments

  • Budget and Government Efficiency Committee (Chair)
    • Budget Review Committee (Chair)
  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Rules Committee

Source: Office of the City Clerk


  1. ^ Service, Andrew Bowen, City News. "Democrat Bry Finishes First In Council District 1 Race, Faces Ellis In Fall". KPBS Public Media. 
  2. ^ "Communities | City of San Diego Official Website". 
  3. ^ Srikrishnan, Maya (January 8, 2016). "Joe LaCava Bows Out of City Council Race". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bowen, Andrew. "Lightner Staffer Moves To Enter District 1 City Council Race". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 1" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Jenkins, Logan (August 12, 2016). "Ellis concedes council race to Bry". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Bowen, Andrew; Ruth, Brooke (August 12, 2016). "Ray Ellis Drops Out Of District 1 San Diego City Council Race". KPBS. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 

External links

  • City of San Diego: Barbara Bry website
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