Voters cast ballots for San Diego City Council, State Assembly

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Tuesday voters cast ballots for San Diego City Council District 4 and 80th State Assembly District.

With all precincts reporting, voters chose Lorena Gonzalez as the new Assemblywoman. She defeated Steve Castaneda with 72-percent of the vote.

Myrtle Cole brought in 53-percent of the vote for City Council. Her opponent Dwayne Crenshaw is behind by slightly more than 700-votes.

The Registrar of Voters office said there are still 4,300 mail/provisional ballots left to be counted.

The women celebrated Tuesday night at the Laborers Local 89 Union Hall. They had both received support from the San Diego Labor Council.

Gonzalez said her priority moving forward is jobs.

“More jobs, better jobs for the residents of the 80th Assembly District,” said Gonzalez. “It’s what I ran on, what I plan to do once I’m up in Sacramento. I’m humbled by the amount of support that I got across all party lines and I think that that’s a tribute to the fact that that’s what we’re talking about: jobs, good schools and healthcare access for everybody.”

Cole said she has three priorities to address.

“Number one,” said Cole. “Public safety. When I go to the doors residents say ‘I don’t feel safe. I don’t feel safe leaving my home.’ So public safety is number one. Number two is infrastructure. Potholes. We’re standing and doing human billboarding with potholes and cracked sidewalks. We have to address our infrastructure. Number three: jobs and services. We have to bring our grocery stores back into our neighborhoods. We have to bring restaurants. We have to get people jobs.”

The results are considered unofficial until the Registrar of Voters office certifies the election.

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