By Ken Stone
Former Green Party member Georgette Gómez said San Diego’s political system will never be the same after winning a seat on the City Council — as a Democrat.
Born in Barrio Logan but a longtime Azalea Park resident, Gómez said she ran “a true progressive campaign” in District 9 — “a historically neglected” area.
“We were able to change the conversation because I was running against the status quo … controlling the political system in San Diego,” she told an audience of 200 Tuesday night at the Westin Hotel.
She said it was time to make San Diego “the true blue city,” as in more liberal.
Gómez defeated fellow Democrat Ricardo Flores, a top aide to outgoing Councilwoman Marti Emerald, by 5 percentage points. The local Democratic Party endorsed Gómez.
“Gómez boasts 20-plus years working for social justice, especially via the Environmental Health Coalition,” said a San Diego CityBeat report. “She brought a Farmers Market to City Heights and $20 million for biking and walking routes.”
District 9 is a torch-shaped area stretching from Kensington, Talmadge and the College Area on the north through City Heights and then Mount Hope, Mountain View and Southcrest on the south.
“Should Gómez prevail as the winner from a competitive field of no fewer than eight candidates, she will be the first Latina member of the San Diego City Council who is also a member of the LGBT community,” noted lgbtweekly.com in a March Q&A.
“Gómez, who resides in Azalea Park with her partner of 12 years, Xochitl, and their two rescued dogs, says she derives strength as a candidate and in life moreover, from her upbringing.”
Voice of San Diego said Gómez campaigned against developers, but also promised to bring new development to City Heights and other low-income parts of her district.
“During the campaign, Gómez promised to try to get more state money for affordable housing and talked about the need for better infrastructure, particularly public transit,” said the story by Ry Rivard.
Gómez will be part of a 5-4 Democratic council majority, which includes fellow newcomers Barbara Bry in District 1 (La Jolla) and Chris Ward in District 3 (downtown, Hillcrest and North Park).
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