One thing Marti Emerald wants to make clear: she’s not a carpetbagger. District 9 moved to her; she didn’t move to District 9.
When her husband died last year, she said she went searching for an affordable and appropriate home in District 7 and settled into College View Estates near San Diego State. There, she could continue to represent her district. She says she had no idea that she’d eventually be drawn into a whole new district. But when the city redrew its council boundaries last year, that’s exactly what happened.
And as it turns out, her old district got less favorable to Democrats like her.