Antonio Martinez, the District 8 candidate for San Diego City Council joins supporters at Golden Hall.
Antonio Martinez, District 8 candidate for San Diego City Council, joined supporters Election Night. Photo by Chris Stone

Antonio Martinez barely edged out Christian Ramirez to face front-runner Vivian Moreno in the November runoff election for the San Diego City Council’s District 8 seat, according to final June primary results released Thursday by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Martinez, a San Ysidro school board member, finished with 4,087 votes — 27.5 percent — just three more than third-place finisher Ramirez, a border activist.

Moreno finished in first place with 35.84 percent, or 5,327 votes. She’s a staffer for soon-to-be termed-out City Councilman David Alvarez, who has represented the South Bay council seat since 2010.

Martinez said his “grassroots campaign is just getting started.”

“I’ve lived my whole life in our community and dedicated my career to helping working families who are struggling,” he said. “On the school board, I took on downtown bureaucrats to deliver more funding for our schools and I’ve fought to deliver quality healthcare to South Bay families. I’ll be the fighter our neighborhoods need at City Hall.”

Ramirez told ABC10 that he isn’t sure if he will request a recount.

If results aren’t overturned, the person who requests a recount must cover the registrar’s costs. If results are overturned, the person requesting the recount pays nothing.

Registrar Michael Vu told the Union-Tribune that he couldn’t give an exact estimate of the cost of a District 8 recount, but noted that a Chula Vista City Council election recount in 2014 cost $50,000 before being halted in the seventh day of counting.

In a statement, Martinez thanked his primary opponents “who shined a light on South Bay neighborhoods’ urgent needs and look forward to working with them to deliver change at City Hall.”

— City News Service