The San Diego City Council is scheduled today to set a date for a special election to replace former Councilman Tony Young and to consider filling two vacancies on the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners.
Young, who was council president for two years, resigned Jan. 2 to become CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross.
According to city documents, staff will recommend that residents of his southeast San Diego district vote on a replacement on March 26. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent support, a runoff will be held.
Because the election is to determine someone to finish Young's term, registered voters who live within the 2010 boundaries of his district will get to choose his replacement.
A new City Council map went into effect last year and a ninth district was added, but with Young gone, the number of members on the panel is back to eight for the next few months.
Six candidates have been nominated to the board that governs the Port of San Diego. The two who are selected will replace Scott Peters, who was elected to Congress, and Lee Burdick, who accepted a position with the administration of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
The candidates are Lisa Bicker, co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego; commercial real estate and business lawyer Rafael Castellanos; Reese Jarrett, former executive vice president and director of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp.; businessman Marshall Merrifield; Sid Voorakkara, who created the San Diego Workforce Funders Collaborative; and former NASSCO President Richard Vortmann.
San Diego gets to appoint three commissioners to the board, while the other cities that make up the Port District, Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, get one each.
—City News Service