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District 6 Candidates To Discuss Public Safety, Infrastructure At Mira Mesa Forum

Aired 9/3/14 on KPBS News.

Republican Chris Cate and Democrat Carol Kim will answer questions on public safety and other key issues facing San Diego City Council District 6, which includes the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Clairemont and Kearny Mesa.

The two candidates in San Diego’s only council race will share the stage Wednesday evening for the first time since the June primary.

Republican Chris Cate and Democrat Carol Kim will answer questions on public safety and other key issues facing City Council District 6, which includes the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Clairemont and Kearny Mesa. The San Diego Police Officers Association and Mira Mesa Town Council are hosting the 7 p.m. event at Mira Mesa High School.

Mira Mesa Town Council

A flyer for the District 6 candidate forum hosted by San Diego Police Officers Association and Mira Mesa Town Council, Sept. 3, 2014.

According to County Registrar Michael Vu, 47 percent of registered voters in District 6 live in Mira Mesa.

Town Council First Vice President Bari Vaz said voters in the community are looking for a candidate to address infrastructure concerns.

"We’re going to seriously be addressing in the not-too-distant future roads that are already at service level F, having another 10,000 people using it, traffic signals that don’t look like they’ve been synchronized in a decade or more, streets that when we have the slightest rain, asphalt starts cracking and popping up," she said.

Cate, vice president of San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Kim, an educator, were the top two vote-getters out of the five candidates in the June primary. Cate received 47 percent of the vote — Kim collected 32 percent of the vote.

To avoid a runoff election, a candidate needed to win 50 percent of the ballots cast plus one vote. Council members Myrtle Cole, David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf also ran in the June election. Each won outright.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the results of the June 2014 primary election for District 6.

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