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The Race For San Diego City Council Districts 2, 6

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Of the four City Council seats on the ballot next Tuesday, two will have an incumbent's name next to them: Myrtle Cole in District 4 and David Alvarez in District 8. The two Democrats are expected to win re-election. The other two races in districts 2 and 6 are a bit more competitive, and a total of nine candidates are vying for the spots.

District 2: Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Point Loma, Midway, Bay Ho, Bay Park, Morena

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Incumbents in two of San Diego's four City Council contests are expected to win re-election, but the race for the two other seats is wide open and the competition is heating up.

When Kevin Faulconer won the special election for San Diego's mayor this year, he left behind an open seat in District 2, and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf has her eye on it. Zapf currently represents District 6, but was forced out when redistricting moved her Bay Ho home to District 2. She's facing three other contenders.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Boot

Sarah Boot for City Council website

A portrait of former federal prosecutor Sarah Boot.

“I feel like I can have more of an impact on this community from the platform of City Council than I could from my position as a federal prosecutor."

Boot said it was the poor quality of roads and streetlights in her own neighborhood, plus the issue of property crimes, that pushed her to run.

Party affiliation: Democrat

Reading guide:

Key endorsements: San Diego County Democratic Party, City Councilman Ed Harris, San Diego CityBeat, San Diego City Firefighters, San Diego Association of Lifeguards, AFSMCE, League of Conservation Voters San Diego, Sierra Club San Diego.

Property manager Jim Morrison

Property manager jim Morrison speaks with KPBS News, May 22, 2014.

Morrison said he's run for City Council a handfull of times. He entered the race this year for a chance to address the issue of San Diego's economy.

“We’ve become a spoke of Los Angeles' economy, and we need to become a hub economy where we’re self-reliant.”

Party affiliation: Democrat

Organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwartz

His website says he supports a free market economy and will champion tax cutting, but Schwartz did not respond to an email request from KPBS for an interview.

Party affiliation: Libertarian

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf at council meeting February 25, 2014.

During her time on the council, Zapf says she has focused on basics like infrastructure with her “pothole patrol” and public safety.

"...making sure that we have enough resources for our police so that we have a good quality of life for the people who live there but also that our tourists have a really great experience.”

Party affiliation: Republican

Reading guide:

Key endorsements: Republican Party of San Diego County, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Police Officers Association, Business Leadership Alliance, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County, Latino American Political Association of San Diego, U-T San Diego.

District 6: Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Miramar and Rancho Peñasquitos

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Incumbents in two of San Diego's four City Council contests are expected to win re-election, but the race for the two other seats is wide open and the competition is heating up.

With Zapf running for re-election in the coastal communities, the race to represent District 6 is wide open. The opportunity has drawn five candidates.

San Diego County Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate

Chris Cate for City Council website

A portrait of San Diego County Taxpayers' Association Vice President Chris Cate.

“If you have a prospering economy, in my opinion it allows people to be employed, to buy homes, increase the tax base, allow the city to move forward and doing all the things we should be doing.”

Cate, who worked for Faulconer during his first term on the City Council, says his focus is on creating jobs.

Party affiliation: Republican

Reading guide:

Key endorsements: Republican Party of San Diego County, Father Joe Carroll, Business Leadership Alliance, Latino American Political Association of San Diego, former City Council President Tony Young, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, U-T San Diego.

Educator Carol Kim

Carol Kim for City Council website

A portrait of Carol Kim.

Kim, who has a background as a teacher and an HIV prevention program manager, says her top priority is infrastructure.

“Obviously we’ve had budget difficulties over the past how ever many years that have really constrained our ability to address infrastructure in a meaningful way, but I feel like we don't get our fair share..”

Party affiliation: Democrat

Reading guide:

Key endorsements: San Diego County Democratic Party, San Diego CityBeat, AFSMCE, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, San Diego City Firefighters, San Diego Lifeguards, League of Conservation Voters, Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Club.

Security guard De Le

De Le speaks to KPBS News about his run for City Council, May 22, 2014.

Le emigrated from Vietnam and served in the U.S. Army. He says from food banks to blood drives, he’s been active in the community since he was 14.

“I spoke at the City Council chamber itself on a number of occasions on issues that matter to the community. So I’ve been very engaged and want to bring that experience to the council itself.”

Party affiliation: Republican

Former San Diego Unified school board member Mitz Lee

Mitz Lee for City Council website

A portrait of former San Diego Unified School Board member Mitz Lee.

“I will dedicate myself to improving our streets, to create jobs, to make sure that we have well maintained parks and open space, and expand the library hours.”

You might remember her when she was on the San Diego Unified school board. She currently sits on the city’s Human Relations Commission.

Party affiliation: Independent

Reading guide:

Key endorsements: Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, former City Councilman and State Assemblyman Tom Hom

Special education assistant Jane Glasson is also running in District 6. She declined to be interviewed by KPBS.

In each of the four City Council district races, if one candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 3 election, the candidate wins. If no one achieves that in a council race, the top two vote-getters will be in a runoff in November.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 27, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. ― 3 months, 4 weeks ago

During her time on the council, Zapf says she has focused on basics like infrastructure with her “pothole patrol” and public safety.

"...making sure that we have enough resources for our police so that we have a good quality of life for the people who live there but also that our tourists have a really great experience.”

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Pot holes and police.

Seems like a pretty stale, under-whelming platform to me.

I realize these are two issues that always yield the safe vote, but what San Diego needs are dynamic leaders who see our region as a stand-alone and unique metro area that can harness our assets - location on the Pacific Rim, bi-national border with Mexico, a diverse population, a biotechnology hub.

We need SERIOUS infrastructure including long-range and aggressive planning AND action for better mass-transit.

The whole "pothole" thing won't cut it.

And as far as public safety, all studies in recent years show declining crime rates and a metro area that is safe overall compared with others.

I realize parasitic politicians like to use fear that the boogeyman is hiding behind every bush waiting to rape you, but let's be frank - San Diego is a safe city.

Instead of clinging to this tired "public safety" mantra like some broken record from Mayberry, I'd like to see politicians who want to challenge the status quo and ask question about the corruption going on in our Police Department.

We have a million dollars that went missing by the police, and we have seen a rash of incidents where the police have committed crimes of their own against the citizens of San Diego.

Is Ms. Zapf, or any of these candidates for that matter, talking about this?

I don't want city council members who are lap-dogs for the police and DAs office, I want council members who give first priority to the citizens and who actually stand-up to corrupt bureaucratic entities.

This tired 1950s era approach that's so typical for horrendously draconian San Diego politicians has no place in our modern, diverse city.

:pot holes and police" just doesn't cut it anymore, the world - and indeed San Diego - is far more complex than this and needs far much more than this.

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