Like others before him, the next District 3 city councilman will be gay and possess strong progressive bona fides.
Chris Ward, now chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Block, appeared poised for victory Tuesday night from the moment initial results rolled out.
“We have a great term ahead of us and I am so thankful and honored by the voters of the 3rd Council District,” Ward said just after 10 p.m. Tuesday amid cheers and sign-waving at the County Democratic Party’s celebration at a hotel in the Gaslamp District.
With 30.9 percent of the vote counted early Wednesday morning, the Registrar of Voters reported Ward had a more than a 5,200 -vote lead over fellow Democrat Anthony Bernal, who shared virtually all the same positions as Ward but who found more success and donors among the center-right establishment – a fact that angered progressives in the district.
Here’s a look at the three reasons Ward had a decisive victory on Tuesday.
District 3 is solid blue – and it wants a solid blue rep.
Ward pulled in a slew of left-leaning endorsements early on, essentially flooding the zone. He nabbed support from key groups including the San Diego County Democratic Party, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and former District 3 representatives Toni Atkins and Christine Kehoe, who went onto serve as state lawmakers.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
For conspiracy theorists, I'd add that the alignment of support in the race reflects a settlement that must have occurred when Marty Block withdrew from a contest with Toni Atkins. Block got his Chief of Staff a seat on City Council and Toni got a clear shot at his Senate seat. Todd remained mostly neutral, throwing Bernal under the bus and got Toni's Assembly seat.
I can't prove any of this, and it may say more about my trust level for politicians than their actual behavior, but I'll submit the scenario is plausible.