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San Diego’s 6th District Race Attracts Dollars

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Aired 10/26/10

San Diego City Council elections are non-partisan, but both the Republican and Democratic parties have thrown large sums of money into the 6th District race. That’s the race to replace councilwoman Donna Frye, who is termed out.

San Diego City Council elections are non-partisan, but both the Republican and Democratic parties have thrown large sums of money into the 6th District race. That’s the race to replace councilwoman Donna Frye, who is termed out.

6th District Candidates, Lorie Zapf  and Howard Wayne.

Above: 6th District Candidates, Lorie Zapf and Howard Wayne.

Voter registration in the 6th District, which includes Mission Valley, Clairemont, and Linda Vista leans Democratic, but not strongly.

Glen Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs at SDSU, says that’s why Republicans are focusing intently on this district.

“It gives the Republicans their only chance of really picking up a seat this time,” Sparrow says.

Republican Lorie Zapf, who has not held public office before, has raised $300,000 -- more than the $250,000 raised by former Assemblyman, Democrat Howard Wayne.

But special interests have also poured in independent expenditures to lobby for each candidate, raising the total spent on the race to almost a million dollars altogether. Labor groups have spent $230,000 to back Wayne, and the Building Industry Association and the Lincoln Club have spent $61,000 to campaign independently for Zapf.

The Democratic and Republican parties have each spent $67,000 on their respective candidates.

If Republicans take the seat in November, they would have three of the eight seats on the council -- enough votes to block Democrats on issues that need a two-third majority.

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liz1058 | October 25, 2010 at 6:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

All you need to know about Lori Zapf can be determined by reading Pat Flannery's Article::

"Would Lorie Zapf bring "strategic fraud" to City Council"

http://www.blogofsandiego.com/Elections.htm

never before have we had a crook exposed before the election and continue to run with a straight face as a fiscally responsible candidate. Sad sad sad for San Diego

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