San Diego, CALIF.- The results from City Council District 9 has Georgette Gomez leading Ricardo Flores with a total 52.5% of the vote. Flores has 47.4%.
Mail and provisional ballots still need to be counted.
On her Facebook page, Gomez commented, “Things are looking great!” with a screenshot of the count.
The race for the District 9 seat was the only legitimate city council race. Barbara Bry won the District One seat with 66% of the vote. Her opponent, Ray Ellis, dropped out of the race shortly after the June primary, although his name was still listed on the ballot.
During the June primary, none of the four candidates running for District 9 was able to get a majority of the vote. Sending the top two candidates, Ricardo Flores (33.74%) and Georgette Gomez (30.16%), to the November election.
Both candidates, Democrats in a latino-majority district, campaigned on a platform that focused on community concerns like neighborhood safety, increasing affordable housing for all residents and improving the infrastructure for the district.
Georgette Gomez is a member of the City Heights Community Planning Group, a Community activist, and will be the first LGBTQ latina to represent a District in San Diego.
District Nine includes the communities of Alvarado Estates, City Heights, College Area, College View Estates, El Cerrito, Kensington, Mountain View, Mount Hope, Rolando, Southcrest, and Talmadge.
With this results, Democrats will retain a 5-4 majority over Republicans on the City Council.