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Race To Be Young’s Replacement Taking Shape

The race to replace outgoing San Diego City Council President Tony Young is already taking shape. Young is resigning to become CEO of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. KPBS has details on one potential candidate.

— The race to replace outgoing San Diego City Council President Tony Young is already taking shape. Young is resigning to become CEO of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. KPBS has details on one potential candidate.

Barry Pollard is a long time community advocate for Southeast San Diego. He ran against Councilman Tony Young in 2010. His name has been floated as a possible replacement for Young, who is resigning to head up the local Red Cross chapter. Pollard said he has not made a definitive decision on whether he’ll run, but he said he’s strongly considering it.

A special election must be held within 90 days of Young tendering his resignation. Pollard, like Young, is a Democrat. He said the timeline is tight, but said his 2010 campaign puts him in a good position.

“We’ve pretty much kept our organization, I won’t say together, but we communicate constantly,” Pollard said. “And we’ve all sort of been waiting for this. We’ve heard that Council President Young was contemplating leaving but we didn’t have a time frame. So that was always in the back of our minds.”

Pollard said he will be meeting with community groups and residents to get their input on a possible run. He said this is the beginning of a new chapter for District 4. The district has a long history of electing Democratic candidates. If that trend continues the Democratic majority on the San Diego City Council would be preserved.

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