By Stevon Marshall and Miriam Raftery
June 14, 2014 (San Diego)—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 recent 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 counted and only absentee and provisional ballots remaining, Zapf leads in District 2: with 54% of the votes, while her opponents Sarah Boot, Mark Schwartz, and Jim Morrison, earned 38%, 5%, and 4%, rounded dto nearest percentage point.
As for District No. 4, Myrtle Cole won with 57%, while her opponents, Bruce Williams managed 19%, Blanca Lopez Brown took 15%, and Tony Villafranca 8%.
District No.6 had closer results compared to the other races with Chris Cate taking home over 47%, while Carol Kim took 31%, Mitz Lee 13%, Jane Glasson 5%, and De Le 4%.
And lastly, District No. 8 resulted in David Alvarez earning75%, while Lincoln Pickard managed 25% of the votes.
The Cate-Kim matchup in November will be one we’ll be monitoring closely.
This is Stevon Marshall with East County Magazine on KNSJ 89.1 FM Descanso.