Chris Cate

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Chris Cate
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Candidate for
San Diego City Council, District 6
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of San Diego
Campaign website
Chris Cate is a 2014 nonpartisan candidate for the city council of San Diego, California.


Cate holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego. His professional experience includes working as the Vice President of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and co-owning an auto repair business. Cate also worked as the Policy Director for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, when the latter was the District 2 representative on the San Diego City Council.[1]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Cate addressed the following issues:[2]

San Diego Economy

  • Excerpt: "Our city must provide an environment where [...] businesses and industries are encouraged to thrive and prosper, bringing new and exciting job and business opportunities for the residents of District 6. From our advanced technology firms to our thriving craft breweries; or from our military to our new exciting restaurants; when elected to city hall my main focus will be to develop a culture where jobs are our city’s number one focus."


  • Excerpt: "As San Diego struggled financially, basic neighborhood services such as filling potholes and maintaining our water and sewer pipes were neglected. With $1 billion in backlogged projects, District 6 residents are still waiting for city hall to pay attention and begin investing in our infrastructure. As the state of our infrastructure has declined, so too has our ability to keep open library and park and recreation facilities in our neighborhoods. As your councilman, I will make sure District 6 has a strong advocate for ensuring our roads and pipes receive the attention they so desperately deserve, as well as fully restoring our library and park and recreation hours."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "The most basic responsibility of our city government is to provide for the safety of its residents. As the city’s fiscal problems persisted, investment in basic public safety services declined. While our officers rose to the challenge and reduced crimes, our city needs to begin reinvesting in the tools and resources they need to minimize crime on our streets and provide a safe environment for our children. This can be done in a smart and efficient manner to ensure taxpayer dollars are going directly to the services provided."



See also: San Diego, California city council elections, 2014

The city of San Diego, California held city council primary elections on June 3, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 6, 2014. Chris Cate and Carol Kim advanced past Jane L. Glasson, De Le and Mitz Lee in the primary election and will face off in the general election.[3][4]

Following Kevin Faulconer's election to San Diego Mayor on February 11, 2014, the District 6 council race became a high-stakes affair. Its outcome will determine whether or not Democratic affiliated members of the San Diego City Council will retain their majority and the ability to veto mayoral policies. For more information, see here.



In 2014, Cate's endorsements included the following:[5]

  • Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer
  • Former Mayor of San Diego Jerry Sanders
  • Father Joe Carroll
  • Former San Diego City Council President Tony Young
  • San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts
  • San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman
  • San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf
  • San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey
  • San Diego Board of County Supervisors Greg Cox
  • Former Councilmember Tom Hom
  • Former School Board Member Mitz Lee
  • San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego
  • Associated General Contractors of San Diego
  • Building Industry Association of San Diego County
  • Business Leadership Alliance of San Diego/Imperial/Tijuana Region
  • California Restaurant Association
  • Latino American Political Association
  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego
  • The New Majority
  • The Ports Tenants Association of San Diego
  • The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • The San Diego Jobs PAC
  • San Diego County Apartment Association
  • UT San Diego Editorial Board
  • Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®

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