The campaign for the one City of San Diego office up for grabs in November gets its post-Labor Day launch Wednesday night with a debate between candidates Chris Cate and Carol Kim.

Cate, the vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Kim, an education consultant, will face each other in the Nov. 3 runoff election for the City Council District 6 seat. The winner will represent Mira Mesa, Miramar, Kearny Mesa and Clairemont Mesa.

City Council District 6 candidates Carol Kim and Chris Cate. Campaign photos

The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road.

“The outcome of this election will undoubtedly impact the future direction of our city,” said Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, the union representing the police department’s rank and file. “One of the most important issues will be how our leadership responds to the recruiting and retention issues plaguing our police department. As part of this forum, we will request that candidates each present a substantive plan to address this issue.”

Cate collected the most votes in the June primary election but fell 3 percentage points short of an outright victory with 47 percent of the total. Kim placed second with 32 percent.

Council members David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf each won re- election in June.

Zapf, who currently represents the district Cate and Kim are running for, will be switching to District 2 since her residence fell into that district when boundaries were changed in 2012.

The debate will be hosted by the Mira Mesa Town Council and San Diego Police Officers Association and moderated by Chris Jennewein, editor of Times of San Diego.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.