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Mid-City Neighborhood Nonprofit Looking For A Few Good Board Candidates

A colorful pillar in City Heights identifies the San Diego neighborhood.

Photo by Nicholas McVicker

Above: A colorful pillar in City Heights identifies the San Diego neighborhood.

City of San Diego residents may not have a ballot to cast Tuesday, but members of one neighborhood can vote in a hyperlocal election, although all candidates are incumbents running unopposed and some seats have no contenders. There are 10 seats available on the City Heights Town Council, a nonprofit community advocacy group, but only five candidates are vying for a spot.

Maria Cortez, who is up for re-election, said the Town Council has organized light installations, neighborhood cleanups and an annual public safety event. She said the organization has been encouraging residents to become more engaged with the group, which meets the first Tuesday of every month.

“We try to get the community involved in...the City Heights Town Council, so that way they can make it a better place to live,” she said in a phone interview.

Chairman Taylor McDonald, who is one of the five candidates, said voters can write in eligible candidates on the ballot as the organization is looking for more people to step forward.

"We want/need more people involved," McDonald said in a text message.

Said Abiyow, Rickie Brown and Michael Rossler are also candidates for re-election.

According to the organization's website, community members who show proof of residency can vote Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the City Heights library.

In Poway, polls will also be open for citizens to weigh in on a residential development proposed at the site of a golf course.

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