Kent Lee. Campaign photo

Nonprofit arts executive Kent Lee has entered the race for San Diego City Council District 6 with the backing of many leaders in Asian American Pacific Islander community.

More than 100 civic, business, and community leaders have endorsed Lee in the race to succeed termed-out City Councilman Chris Cate in 2022 general election.

Lee, who is executive director of Pacific Arts Movement, announced his candidacy in April.

“We have the opportunity to build a stronger, more compassionate, and more inclusive SanDiego,” said Lee. “There is so much work to be done to ensure representation, address inequities, both locally and beyond, and to include voices that will help instill hope in ourfuture. I’m committed to leading this charge.”

Lee is a first-generation American with nearly 15 years of nonprofit management experience. He serves as a board member of the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, co-chairs the San Diego API Coalition, and is a member of the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. Lee and his wife Phuong have two young children.

“In my experience working with Kent, he has shown that he is caring and genuine, and a problem solver. Those are traits that we need in a leader during these times,” said Audie De Castro, Honorary Consul of the Philippines in San Diego County.

Other announced candidates are San Diego County Planning Commissioner Tommy Hough and Realtor Jocelyn Lomahan.

District 6 includes Clairemont Mesa, Kearney Mesa, Miramar, Sorrento Valley, Mira Mesa and Rancho Penasquitos.

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Chris Jennewein

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