The candidates for City Council District 9 agree on almost everything, including their choice of political insults.
The two Latino Democrats in the race, Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez, can’t resist comparing each other to Donald Trump.
Their race is the last real City Council race on the ballot. The Council is guaranteed to have a 5-4 Democratic majority, but the winner of the District 9 race will help define its tone.
They both talk about many of the same issues – public safety, infrastructure, housing. They both lament the city’s inability to focus on things that don’t involve a football stadium, a convention center or both. They don’t differ much on hot policy debates, except for Measure D – which would raise hotel taxes and potentially build a convention center that could double as a football stadium. Gomez supports it, Flores doesn’t.
But they’ll have a different approach to the job based on their backgrounds, allies and personalities.
Gomez is an associate director at the nonprofit Environmental Health Coalition. She was a visible presence and driving force during the fight to separate homes and heavy industry in Barrio Logan to protect residents’ health, an effort ultimately overturned by voters. She grew up in Barrio Logan and lives in Azalea Park.