2018 Midterm Voter Guide

San Diego City Council - District 4

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 9.18.58 PM.png

District 4 encompasses the southeast part of the city. Historically, it has been a power base for black politicians, although Hispanics (41.5%) and Asians (23.9%) outnumber African Americans (19.8%). Winning candidates have been traditionally backed by a coalition of socially conservative black pastors.

Includes: Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Greater Skyline Hills, Jamacha, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, North Bay Terraces, Oak Park, O’Farrell, Paradise Hills, Redwood Village, Rolando Park, South Bay Terraces, Valencia Park, Webster


Myrtle Cole

Raised: $76,653.00 (09/22)

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Endorsements

San Diego County Democratic Party (reconsidering), San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145, San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council, San Diego Municipal Employees Association, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, Sheet Metal Workers Local 206, San Diego Lifeguards Local 911, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest …more

 

Summary

Incumbent Democrat; city council president who rarely voices her thoughts. However, in 2016, following a raucous town hall meeting on police shootings of black people, Cole remarked that the police stop blacks more because there are more black-on-black shootings.This comment and an apology for disruptions by protestors at the event led her staffer, Monica Montgomery, to step down and run against her. Cole came in second in the primary with 38.85% of the vote. She had won her primary election in 2014 with 57% of the vote.


Analysis: Myrtle Cole thought her position as city council president would be enough to get her through to her second term. That is, until she spoke against her own disaffected constituents. Now, she is in the political fight of her life against her vibrant and resurgent former staffer. District 4’s representation is stake.

More Reading


Monica Montgomery

Raised: $$57,829 (09/22)

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 
endorsedlogo.png
 

Endorsements

Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, Our Revolution, The Asian American and Pacific Islander Democratic Club, Run Women Run, SEIU Local 221, San Diego Progressive Alliance, La Raza Lawyer’s Association, Earl B Gilliam Bar Association, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, San Diego Progressive Alliance, Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County, South Bay Democratic Club, San Diego Democrats for Equality…more




 

Summary

Democrat running against her former boss, Myrtle Cole, and defeating her in the primary. She is a policy wonk with a focus on criminal justice reform in District 4. She won 38.88% of the vote in the primary.


Analysis

Monica Montgomery’s burst to the front of the pack caught a few people by surprise, but she now has our attention. Her strong voice and righteous cause combined with the current political winds make for a winning formula.

More Reading