APAPA-SDC President Ron Cho Introduces Guests
Candidates Chris Cate (right) and Carol Kim
As the last debate before the general election in November, two opponents for the City Council District 6 race, Chris Cate and Carol Kim faced off at the Mira Mesa High School Library on Tuesday evening, Oct. 7.
They debated on issues like a local minimum wage hike, Residency, and the election’s impact on City Hall politics, etc.
In answer to a question about the local minimum wage ordinance, both candidates cited their small business backgrounds in arguments for and against.
“Every small business has a front door and needs customers,” said Kim, whose family operates a small business. She said she would have voted for the ordinance because it would have had a “net positive outcome.”
Cate said that while it is expensive to live in San Diego, a small business like his auto-glass repair is “struggling to make ends meet.” He said he would have voted against the ordinance.
The ordinance was approved by the council over Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto, but now faces a public ballot after a business-backed petition campaign.
District 6 includes Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Clairemont and parts of Rancho Penasquitos. It is the only contested council race.
The race is non-partisan, but Cate is a Republican and Kim a Democrat. If Cate wins, the typically veto-proof Democratic margin of 6-3 would be reduced to 5-4.
Asians make up about 17 percent of the total population in San Diego, and 34 percent in District 6 over 18 years old, while Chinese makes about 3% in San Diego, 45% Whites, 6.7% African American, and 28.8% Hispanic or Latino.
The debate's audience were dominantly Asian, with about 20% Chinese, among the approximately 100 people in attendance.
The forum was organized by APAPA San Diego, together with two other local organizations, ABA and CEPA Net, with the financial support from the Hom Family Fund and Operation Samahan.
APAPA-SC President Nelson Huang (left) and APAPA-SDC Honory Chair Tom Hom
from right: APAPA-SC President Nelson Huang, APAPA-SDC Chair Lilly Cheng, and APAPA-SDC board member Edward Park
Co-Organizers of the Forum and the Candidates