SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Nine candidates have filed nomination papers to run in the March 26 special election for the open San Diego City Council seat in District 4, the City Clerk's office reported Friday.
Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for filing the papers, which must include 100 valid signatures of supporters. The signatures are verified by the city clerk's staff before candidates officially qualify for the ballot.
The hopefuls include:
-- Bianca Lopez Brown, a teacher and businesswoman who is the only candidate to have signatures verified so far;
-- Myrtle Cole, a former lieutenant with the San Diego Community College Police Department who has won endorsements from Democratic Party leaders and unions;
-- Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego Pride and a longtime community activist;
-- Monica Montgomery, a lawyer who specializes in finance;
-- Barry Pollard, an electronics industry employment recruiter;
-- Ray Smith, listed as a pastor and developer;
-- Sandy Spackman, a Laotian immigrant who grew up in San Diego and has drawn support from the Asian community;
-- Tony Villafranca, a community volunteer; and
-- Bruce Williams, who is listed as a senior community policy adviser.
If someone wins over 50 percent of the vote, they will take the office outright. Otherwise, the top two voter-getters will face each other in a runoff.
The eventual winner will replace Tony Young, who resigned after six years in office to become CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.