Democrat Tommy Hough Hopes To Unseat Republican Chris Cate In San Diego District 6
San Diego City Council District 6
Chris Cate: 55.61%
Tommy Hough: 44.39%
100% precincts reporting
UPDATED: 11:52 a.m., Nov. 12, 2018
Republican incumbent City Councilman Chris Cate is hoping to defeat Democratic challenger Tommy Hough in San Diego City Council District 6. The district covers communities including Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa and Sorrento Valley.
Hough earned about 17 percent of the vote in the primary race against Cate, but told KPBS he hopes a predicted "blue wave" of support for Democratic candidates will help boost him to victory.
Hough is a former radio host for 91X, KPRI and FM 94/9. If elected, he said he'd focus on improving roads and building more housing. He also said he would consider supporting rent control and is in favor of the alternative energy program community choice aggregation.
Cate, who was interim president and vice president of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, before being elected, opposes rent control and said he's skeptical of community choice aggregation.
Throughout the campaign, Hough continued to bring up the fact that Cate gave a memo written by the City Attorney's Office about the SoccerCity initiative to SoccerCity officials last year. San Diego’s Ethics Commission fined Cate the maximum penalty of $5,000 for the leak, but the state Attorney General declined to pursue criminal charges against him.
"That absolutely undermines the entire role of a public official, and I can't believe this guy is running for reelection as though nothing happened," Hough said.
Cate said he's already addressed the issue, and that if he had to do it again, he would do things differently and approach the City Attorney's office first.