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Candidates For San Diego Council District 4 Discuss Issues

Video interviews with the candidates are below.

Above: Barry Pollard, Myrtle Cole and Dwayne Crenshaw, three of the candidates for San Diego City Council District 4.

Aired 3/21/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Senior care advocate, Myrtle Cole

Community non-profit director, Dwayne Crenshaw

Businessman, Brian "Barry" Pollard

Transcript

Voters will go to the polls a week from today and cast ballots for one of nine people running to fill San Diego's District 4 City Council seat.

District 4 covers eastern and southeastern San Diego, including Emerald Hills, Encanto, Bay Terraces, Oak Park, Lincoln Park, Skyline, Paradise Hills and Valencia Park.

The council seat was left vacant in January when City Council President Tony Young left to head the regional chapter of the American Red Cross. Voters in the same neighborhoods that elected Tony Young in 2010 will be eligible to cast ballots next week, even though District 4 was recently given new boundaries.

The three candidates who have raised the most financial support are senior care advocate Myrtle Cole, community non-profit director Dwayne Crenshaw and businessman Brian "Barry" Pollard.

Cole told KPBS that if elected, her top priorities would be public safety, infrastructure and bringing in jobs. She said too much of the district's money is spent outside of the district.

Crenshaw said his priorities would be jobs, education and safety. He plans to bring in 100 new jobs in his first year and to double the number of minority contracts in District 4.

Pollard said his priority in the first 18 months would be updating and getting funding for the Southeast Community Plan.

The remaining candidates running in District 4 are teacher Blanca Lopez Brown, attorney Monica Montgomery, pastor Ray Smith, businessman Tony Villafranca, educator Sandy Spackman, and community policy advisor Bruce Williams.

Evening Edition

Above: Myrtle Cole, one of the candidates for San Diego City Council District 4, talks to KPBS.

Evening Edition

Above: Dwayne Crenshaw, one of the candidates for San Diego City Council District 4, talks to KPBS.

Evening Edition

Above: Barry Pollard, one of the candidates for San Diego City Council District 4, talks to KPBS.

Claire Trageser contributed to this report.

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