FILIPINO CANDIDATES PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS: CATE TOP 2 FOR THE RUNOFF FOR DISTRICT 6, SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 7, 2014, GENERAL ELECTION
By MARISSA ACIERTO l SCCPress.com
SAN DIEGO — The polls closed on June 3rd, 2014 at 8 p.m. Constituents in their designated areas casted their votes for the Primary Election.
The primary election placement of San Diego County candidates for the following Fil-Am’s: Chula Vista City Council candidate, Jason Villar Paguio (R) placed 4th place out of the field of 6 candidates. San Diego City Council, District 4 candidate, Tony Villafranca (D) placed 4th place out of 4 candidates. Lastly, San Diego City Council, District 6 candidate, Normita “Mitz” Sumulong Lee (I) placed 3rd place out of 5 candidates.
The highlight of voting anticipation was for a new sector of redistricting in San Diego. The San Diego City Council, District 6 candidates were composed of 2 Filipino’s, 1 Korean, 1 Vietnamese and one other ethnic candidate. The top vote getter was 2nd Generation Filipino American and Spanish descent born in Chula Vista in the County of San Diego, Chris Cate (R). Candidate Cate’s parents are from Cavite, Philippines. 2nd runner – up is Korean American born in Los Angeles County, Carol Kim – Eng (D).
Both candidates completed college. Cate was born and raised in San Diego County for 31 years. Kim-Eng moved to San Diego County 8 years ago. Cate is an educator and a businessman. Kim-Eng is a educator and parent to her two young kids. Cate and Kim – Eng will be in the runoff for the upcoming General Election in November 7, 2014.
District 6 encompasses Clairemont, Convoy, Kearny Mesa, Miramar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sorrento Mesa/Sorrento Valley.
CITY OF SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL – DISTRICT 6
Reporting 69 of 69
at 100.0% counted.
9920 47.39 %
Carol Kim Eng
6569 31.38 %
Normita “Mitz” Sumulong Lee
2618 12.51 %
972 4.64 %
853 4.08 %
As of June 7, 2014 at 15:17:21
Gubernatorial Primary Election, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, these results are unofficial. There are approximately 20000 Absentee / Provisional ballots still to be counted.
Two of the Filipino American former candidates Jason Villar Paguio (R) for CV City Council and Tony Villafranca (D) for SD City Council, District 4 unite to throw their non-partisan support and endorse Cate for San Diego City Council, District 6.
According to the most recent census bureau, Filipino immigrants and Filipino Americans outrank the highest population in San Diego County as a majority in the API communities. Among other API communities, Filipino’s also have diverse mixtures of other API’s (such as Chinese, etc.), European and Latino communities due to colonization in the Philippine Islands. Most are knowledgable in languages being trilingual in English, Tagalog/dialects and Spanish. This is an important reflection of how the Filipino’s have advocated and supported to serve the needs of all the API’s and multi-ethnic neighboring communities due to their cultural and diverse backgrounds.
Factoid: Elected Japanese American and API public official in San Diego County is Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka (D). Elected Filipino American and API public officials in San Diego County is mestiza Mexican / Latina and Filipina American Terri Vallodalid (D), Southwestern College School Board Trustee and mestizo Filipino, Caucasian and Latino descent San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria (D).
If elected Filipino American Chris Cate (R) who’s parents are from Cavite, Philippines and Spanish descent will be the first Republican to win as a Filipino American in District 6 as a San Diego City Councilmember in America’s Finest City.
PHOTO: Supporters from the #1 Top Vote Getter, Filipino American and Spanish descent Chris Cate (to the right) and Top 2 Korean American Carol Kim – Eng.