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Incumbent, City Council President Myrtle Cole Takes Lead In District 4 Race

The four candidates competing in the race of San Diego's district four city c...

Above: The four candidates competing in the race of San Diego's district four city council seat, left to right, Myrtle Cole, Monica Montgomery, Neal Arthur and Tony Villafranca, are seen in these undated photos.

UPDATE: 10:31 p.m., June 5, 2018

With 22 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent and City Council President Myrtle Cole is in the lead for the District 4 race. Monica Montgomery and Tony Villafranca trail at 35.45 percent and 17.97 percent, respectively.

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San Diego's fourth city council district is a collection of working-class neighborhoods tucked in the eastern part of the city. Communities like Chollas View, Skyline and Paradise Hills sit in an area known for rolling hills and diversity.

The Diamond Business Association works to promote the region's commercial ventures. Association President Carlos Vasquez describes the district as one that has long been short-changed at city hall.

"Working-class people that are struggling to make ends meet and lacking in all the basic services that most of the city already enjoys," he said.

Vasquez said he hoped the winner of the race would help make sure residents there get a fair shake.

There were four candidates on the primary ballot.

Incumbent City Council President Myrtle Cole said she would fight for funding and services to improve the community.

Cole said she would focus on bringing jobs to the region, as well as affordable housing. She wanted to see more grocery options and pointed to her effort to lure the first drugstore south of State Route 94.

Monica Montgomery said wanted to work for economic opportunity and safe communities. She promised to deliver a voice downtown to fight for the resources the community needs.

Montgomery said criminal justice reform and transparency in government are issues that drove her campaign.

Neal Arthur wanted to make the office more responsive to the community. He said his experience as director of housing for the Urban League of San Diego helped him understand affordable housing.

Tony Villafranca is a pro-life advocate who said he supports the less fortunate. He said he wanted to see a color-blind community that works together.

Photo by Susana Tsutsumi

A map shows San Diego City Council District 4, May 2018.

Bishop George McKinney said the district needs a strong leader who can make themselves heard through the political chatter at city hall.

"We look to the council member to be well informed and aggressive in speaking truth to the power structure and representing the voiceless in the fight for justice and righteousness," McKinney said.

The primary's top two candidates will compete in a runoff election in November.

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