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Labor-backed candidate Myrtle Cole and San Diego Pride executive director Dwayne Crenshaw, recently disputing a local paper’s insinuation that his sexual orientation would be a deterrent to voters in San Diego’s 4th City Council district (he appears to have been correct) are headed for a runoff election to fill the council seat vacated by former council president Tony Young, who left public service for a job at the local Red Cross.

The Reader observed in mid-February that Cole and Crenshaw pulled ahead early, amassing campaign war chests considerably larger than their challengers.

With all 54 precincts reporting as of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night (March 26), Cole led the field of nine candidates with just under 33% of the vote. Crenshaw sat in second place with 15%, coming in third was Barry Pollard who, at 11%, was the only other candidate receiving 10% or more of the vote. Sandy Spackman, the sole Republican candidate and beneficiary of official backing from the local GOP in a Democrat-heavy district and candidate field (city offices are officially non-partisan) polled sixth with 8% of the overall vote.

According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, about 1,880 mail ballots remain uncounted, which make up about 14% of the total votes cast.

Once the election results are certified, a date will be set for the runoff, to occur sometime in late May or early June.

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