A Bay Ho man said Monday he intends to run for the San Diego City Council seat currently held by Lorie Zapf, increasing the number of challengers to three.
Daniel “Danny” Smiechowski, 63, works in real estate and is a longtime community volunteer. His candidacy was announced March 3 via Twitter.“I’ve been in this district for 50 years,” Smiechowski told City News Service. He said none of the other candidates “can hold a candle” to his experience in District 2, which comprises Point Loma, the beach communities and the area just east of Interstate 5 where he lives.
Lawyer Bryan Pease and Jordan Beane, best known for hosting videos on the Chargers website, are the other candidates who have declared plans to run against Zapf. Both said they want to bring progressive policies to the City Council.
Smiechowski described himself as a more centrist Democrat who would bring the Midwestern values of his Missouri roots.
He said he supports San Diego being a “sanctuary city” as the U.S. debates immigration policies and backs short-term vacation rentals, which have turned into a contentious issue because the city’s code compliance efforts are too weak to challenge bad property owners.
“We don’t want development that isn’t smart development,” Smiechowski said. “We want development that benefits the community, in affordable housing and housing the homeless.”
I'm running for SD City Council D2 God bless everyone!!! pic.twitter.com/u1Ua8zoA3p
— daniel smiechowski (@dannytri) March 3, 2017
The triathlete is also a Francophile who says he visits the Normandy region of France once or twice a year. He began running for San Diego Unified schools and community college district boards as long ago as 1994.
Zapf, a Republican on the technically nonpartisan panel, would be seeking her second and final term in the district if she decides to run again. She previously represented Clairemont Mesa, but her residence fell into District 2 during redistricting.
In other races, council President Myrtle Cole and Councilman Chris Cate have declared their intention to run for re-election with the City Clerk’s Office. Cole represents Southeast San Diego and Cate’s district covers Mira Mesa and Kearny Mesa.
Keith Wong filed a notice of intention to run against Cate, while Antonio Martinez, director of a community clinic, did the same in a bid to succeed David Alvarez, who represents Barrio Logan, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
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