Why I’m Running for Re-Election 


Governing a small city like Del Mar has become incredibly challenging in recent years. We face significant state-imposed mandates with respect to housing. We have an urgent need to get the tracks off our bluffs, which can only happen in close collaboration with all stakeholders (Del Mar, SANDAG, NCTD, Coastal Commission).  Environmental sustainability, sea-level rise, and climate change are more urgent than ever before. Undergounding is a significant and achievable community goal that presents complex but solvable issues and will be funded by Measure Q sales taxes (about 80% of which are paid by visitors).  

I believe my extensive background and skill set put me in a unique position to help Del Mar meet these goals consistent with our Community Plan. 

 I remain as committed to the goals and vision of our Community Plan as I was when I worked on the original Plan in the 1970s, consulting and strategizing with key citizen activists, including Dave Keeling, to protect Del Mar’s special character. 

I remain as committed to environmental protection as I was in 1977, when I was appointed to the Coastal Commission by Governor Brown.  I remain as committed to protecting Del Mar’s beaches as I was in the 1980s when I drafted the Beach Preservation Initiative (BPI), and when I served as special counsel to the City to enforce the BPI, which has protected our most valuable environmental asset for more than three decades. I support and am committed to our Climate Action Plan. 

I know that building consensus requires commitment, the ability to listen carefully to all, and a willingness to forge a compromise that is acceptable to as many people as possible without compromising core principles. I hope that my current term as Mayor, and my past term as Mayor in 2018, demonstrate my commitment to civil discourse, to building consensus, and to bringing people together when a contentious issue has been decisive.

My roots in Del Mar are deep, reflecting decades of work protecting Del Mar as a special place to live.

As a Del Mar resident since 1981, former City Attorney for the City of Del Mar (1977-1983), city committee and nonprofit volunteer, lawyer, and most recently as your councilmember and Mayor, I have championed resident priorities: honoring our Community Plan; restoring our lagoon; ensuring a public vote on major downtown developments; supporting downtown vibrancy; protecting our environment and open space; and working for the removal of stored nuclear waste from San Onofre. 

I have a proven track record finding practical solutions while respecting divergent viewpoints. During my time on Council, I have worked on improving our DRB process; completing our Civic Center on time and on budget; implementing streetscape; maintaining a balanced budget and strong financial condition, and managing the impact of Covid-19 on our budget; supporting gun safety measures; and fostering civility and respect in our decision-making.

My priorities include:
 getting the tracks off our bluff, with a tunnel alignment that has minimal impact on our lagoons and protects our neighborhoods, and in the meantime, securing a safe, legal beach access across the tracks; undergrounding utility wires to enhance neighborhood safety, aesthetics, and views; resuming work on the Shores Park master plan;  responsibly addressing sea level rise; fostering sustainability; mitigating fairgrounds impacts including traffic; meeting affordable housing mandates consistent with community goals; maintaining infrastructure through street paving and the like; and strong public participation in review of major development projects. 

I bring a “deep dive” approach to complex issues, listen to all viewpoints, and remain committed to preserving the special residential character of our neighborhoods in everything we do.

I ask for your vote. In turn, I pledge to listen, to be civil to all, and to work hard for Del Mar every day.

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Dwight Worden, Mayor of Del Mar and candidate for re-election to the City Council

Dwight’s Recent Email Messages:
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Why Our Lagoon Is a Restored Treasure Today: Past Battles Show Us How to Preserve Del Mar’s Environmental Resources 

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Sierra Club Endorsed

Read about Dwight’s endorsement by THE SIERRA CLUB.

Read Dwight’s candidate statement in the September issue of the Sandpiper.