Homeless advocate Michael McConnell. Photo by Ken Stone

A homeless advocate and community activist announced Friday he is endorsing challenger Monica Montgomery in the race against San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole.

Michael McConnell, a business owner and former vice chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, stated in a news release that Cole is not adequately addressing “many, if not all, of the key issues and top priorities for most San Diegans.”

Cole, who represents District 4, also is City Council president.

McConnell said the city’s “slow and insufficient” approach to the Hepatitis A outbreak that resulted in at least 20 deaths last year is an example of why San Diego “needs a new crop of leaders who will act with urgency for residents” best interest, not those of special interests.

Montgomery “exemplifies her community’s strength, resilience and tradition of standing up for itself when the political machine has ignored its needs,” McConnell said.

Montgomery — a former city staffer and civil rights attorney — said it was an honor to have the support of one of “San Diego’s most dedicated advocates for the homeless community.”

A campaign spokeswoman for Cole did not return a request for comment.

–City News Service

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