Only one of Tuesday's four San Diego City Council races is heading for a November runoff, with San Diego County Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate set to face educator Carol Kim for the District 6 post.
The council seat, currently held by Republican Councilwoman Lorie Zapf but due to be open because of re-drawn districts, will play a role in whether Republicans will re-establish the balance of political leanings on the council that existed before Kevin Faulconer was elected mayor.
Running for the District 2 seat -- Faulconer's old post -- with the re-drawn district boundaries, Zapf assured herself another term on the council Tuesday by taking more than 53 percent of the vote. Former federal prosecutor Sarah Boot, a Democrat, was the closest to Zapf in the race, with nearly 38 percent of the vote.
In Districts 4 and 8, Councilmembers Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez, both Democrats, held on to their seats. Cole took 57 percent of the vote, while Bruce Williams finished behind her with more than 19 percent. Blanca Lopez Brown came in third, with more than 15 percent, and Tony Villafranca pulled in more than 8 percent of the vote.
Alvarez took a lopsided victory, winning more than 75 percent of the vote over challenger Lincoln Pickard.
That leaves District 6 as the determining factor in whether the balance of power will return to the 5-4 Democrat advantage from before Faulconer's mayoral election, or if Democrats will make more permanent the 6-3 edge on the council they had after lifeguard Ed Harris was appointed to fill the open seat.
Cate's 47 percent of the vote at the top of the results means Kim will have November to look forward to in hopes of increasing her pull of 31 percent of the vote. Candidates in the council races had to top 50 percent of the vote to win a seat outright without a runoff.
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Sept. 23, 2014 -- George Chamberlin speaks with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer about the importance of the military on San Diego's economy at a presentation of the San Diego Military Advisory Council’s sixth annual Military Economic Impact Study.