Myrtle Cole, Dwayne Crenshaw head to runoff for SD City Council District 4 seat

Seat vacant since Jan. 2

SAN DIEGO - Myrtle Cole and Dwayne Crenshaw were headed to a runoff in a special election for the District 4 City Council seat in southeastern San Diego, according to vote counting Tuesday evening.

With all 54 precincts reporting, Cole, a former police officer and now a United Domestic Workers coordinator, led with 33 percent of the vote.

Crenshaw, who is on leave as executive director of San Diego Pride and a longtime community activist, had 15 percent.

Because no candidate received the majority needed to win office outright, a runoff will be scheduled in late May or early June.

The district covering the city's southeast has been vacant since Jan. 2, when Tony Young resigned after six years to become chief executive of the San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross.

Young left office just after redistricting took effect. But because he was re-elected in 2010, the District 4 boundary at that time was used to determine which voters choose his successor.

Barry Pollard, an electronics industry employment recruiter, was third with nearly 11 percent of the ballots cast.

Teacher and businesswoman Blanca Lopez Brown and administrative coordinator and educator Sandy Spackman each received 9 percent of the vote, followed by pastor and developer Ray Smith with 8 percent, City Council policy advisor Bruce Williams with 7 percent, community volunteer Tony Villafranca with 5 percent and lawyer Monica Montgomery with 3 percent.

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