REPUBLICANS GAIN HOPE IN COUNCIL RACES

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By Stevon Marshall and Trevor Hill

June 6, 2014 (San Diego) — Results of Tuesday’s primary races for City Council have raised hopes among Republicans of reducing the power of San Diego’s Democratic majority.

Two Democratic Council members, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez, won their races outright in districts 4 and 8, with over 50% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, so they won’t have to vie in a run-off race in November. Republican Lori Zapf, a Councilwoman who had to run in a different district due to reapportionment, also won her district 2 race with over 50%.

But in district 6, Republican Chris Cate will face off against Democrat Carol Kim in the fall. If Cate wins, Republicans would narrow Democrats’ balance of power on the Council to a slim one-vote majority.

With all precincts and absentee votes counted, Zapf won her race in District 2 with 53.65% of the votes, while her opponents Sarah Boot, Mark Schwartz, and Jim Morrison, earned 37.73%, 4.96%, and 3.66%.

As for District No. 4, Myrtle Cole won with 57.19%, while her opponents, Bruce Williams managed 19.35%, Blanca Lopez Brown took 15.24%, and Tony Villafranca 8.22%.

District No.6 had closer results compared to the other races, with Chris Cate taking home 47.24% while Carol Kim took 31.09%, Mitz Lee 12.6%, Jane Glasson 4.82%, and De Le 4.25%.

And lastly, District No. 8 resulted in David Alvarez earning 75.58%, while Lincoln Pickard managed 24.42% of the votes.

The Cate-Kim matchup in November is one we will be monitoring closely.