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Former Councilman George Stevens Dies

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Aired 4/19/09

Former San Diego City Councilman George Stevens is being remembered as a bold and passionate public servant. The three-term councilman and Baptist preacher passed away this morning at the age of 74. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

George Stevens represented San Diego’s Fourth City Council district from 1991 to 2002.

Those who knew him say he was a champion for the less fortunate, and was especially committed to combating racism. The Reverend George Walker Smith was a friend of Stevens’ for more than 40 years. He says Stevens was totally outspoken about discrimination.

Smith: And even black folk, many of them, didn’t like what he would do. I always appreciated and admired him, because someone had to do it, if we’re going to right that which is wrong.”

Stevens’ last bid for public office came in 2005, when he tried to recapture his old city council seat. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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