In a debate moderated by Pat Byrne, three Democrat candidates for San Diego mayor went head-to-head. The Uptown Democratic Club decided to endorse City Council member Barbara Bry. Here are some highlights from the event:
Top issues: Increased transparency, local control of housing, building tech center Downtown
Standout quote: “Before I take a position on any issue, I do my research.”
Yikes moment: Offering very few policy proposals when answering questions because she needed to know more about the issues.
Best moment: Several pointed attacks on Todd Gloria’s record, the favored candidate in the race, that positioned her as the underdog.
(Todd Gloria was scheduled to travel before being invited to the debate so Campaign Manager Nick Serrano represented him instead)
Top issues: Addressing housing crisis and homelessness, improving transit, climate action
Standout quote: “We want a new San Diego that works for all of us. It’s the same Assembly member Gloria that you’ve seen for years in this community that’s been working for you.”
Yikes moment: Not showing up (even though he did send Serrano in his place, people complained)
Best moment: Serrano’s command of the issues. He passionately and extensively explained Gloria’s track record.
Top issues: Ending the practice of declawing cats, animal rights
Standout quote: “It’s not America’s finest city but it can be.”
Yikes moment: Not answering questions and instead talking about personal experiences.
Best moment: Leaning on her identity as an outsider in the race with no mainstream backers.