State Senator Toni Atkins Endorses Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress 

Doug has been unwavering in his support for the issues that I’ve made my life's work
and will decide the 2018 elections,” said Senator Atkins “foremost among them universal healthcare and affordable housing.”

October 31, 2017 – We are honored to announce that State Senator Toni Atkins has endorsed Colonel Doug Applegate for California’s 49th Congressional District. 

In endorsing Colonel Applegate Senator Atkins said, "Doug Applegate's 2016 race against Darrell Issa made San Diegans believe that the 49th district was winnable. I know that he can and will finish in 2018 the work he started in the last election. He has been unwavering in his support for the issues that I’ve made my life's work and will decide the 2018 elections, foremost among them universal healthcare and affordable housing. I look forward to working with Doug to develop federal legislation that is responsive to the needs of local communities.”

Colonel Applegate expressed his gratitude and deep admiration for Senator Atkins stating, “I am humbled by Senator Atkins' endorsement. When it comes to having the vision, determination, and skill to get groundbreaking progressive legislation signed into law, Senator Atkins is in a class of her own. We have challenging years ahead of us, and we’ll need powerful, fearless elected leaders to carry us through. I am honored to have her endorsement and eager to begin working together to build a more prosperous, sustainable future for Californians.”

From the mining country of southwest Virginia, to the San Diego City Council, to the California State Assembly and now the State Senate, Senator Atkins has fought tirelessly for the rights and wellbeing of working families and underrepresented communities in San Diego and throughout California. Her ability to build consensus and advance legislation is legendary and her record of accomplishments in healthcare, conservation, racial and gender equity, housing affordability, criminal justice reform, and LGBTQ rights is unsurpassed.

Momentum continues to grow for the Democratic candidate to replace Darrell Issa.  Colonel Applegate will again challenge controversial incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa to represent the 49th District in the June 2018 primary, promising to overcome the narrowest (1,621) vote gap of 2016 election cycle and defeat him in November. A full list of endorsements for Applegate for Congress can be found on our website at


Douglas Applegate is a Colonel USMCR (retired). Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense.