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Race To Be Young’s Replacement Taking Shape

Aired 11/19/12 on KPBS News.

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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Neighborhood | November 16, 2012 at 3:26 p.m. ― 2 years ago

We, the Paradise Hills Neighborhood Coalition just cleaning-up our neighbor”hood” from all the political election sings left behind. Although we contacted Tony Young's office, as well as CTA & CFA in regards to the sign clean up, nothing happen. Now that Young is leaving and with a special election, are we starting with the sign business all over again?

From the voiceofsandiego.org/government/article
“The San Diego County Registrar of Voter estimates the cost for a district-only special election at $355,000 to $385,000.”

Perhaps there is some money left in all this to clean up the Hood!

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