Candidates For San Diego Council District 4 Discuss Issues
Video interviews with the candidates are below.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Aired 3/21/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Senior care advocate, Myrtle Cole
Community non-profit director, Dwayne Crenshaw
Businessman, Brian "Barry" Pollard
Special Feature District 4 Candidates
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.
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.
Claire Trageser contributed to this report.