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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 3

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Chris Ward

Senate Chief of Staff
24,512 votes (58.64%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect Public Safety - Prioritize community policing to deter crime, improve response times, provide resources to keep trained officers and firefighters from leaving us.
  • Address Homelessness - Chris will expand proven cost-effective housing and programs to reduce homelessness and impacts on neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood Infrastructure Over Stadium Subsidies - Chris will focus on our communities’ multi-billion dollar backlog of failing streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, water and sewer lines, and needs of Balboa Park.

Experience

Education

Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Masters Degree, Public Policy and Urban Planning (2006)
Johns Hopkins University Bachelor of Arts (1998)

Biography

Chris serves as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block, representing the communities of the Third City Council District and most of the City of San Diego.  In this capacity, Chris is strongly committed to excellence in constituent services, facilitating public participation in policymaking, and organizing state and local resources to make our neighborhoods a better place every day.

Previously, Chris was an environmental planner at the firm EDAW, working with local government to develop land use plans and conduct environmental review to help create inclusive, community-based solutions to neighborhood challenges and organize strategies to achieve long-term goals. Chris will draw from these experiences to help the city implement smarter visions for our urban neighborhoods.  Before dedicating a career to public service, Chris worked as a researcher at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UCSD on the front lines of San Diego’s burgeoning biotech sector and contributed firsthand to the critical value these innovators offer.

Throughout his career, Chris has remained committed to giving back to his community through volunteer service.  He was elected by his neighbors to serve on his community planning group to advise the City of San Diego on urban planning and neighborhood development issues.  He was appointed to the San Diego Community College District’s Citizens Oversight Committee, providing fiscal review and guidance for the next generation of education facilities, including City College, and making sure public dollars are prudently managed.  Chris is a member of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation board of directors facilitating endowments and providing philanthropy for LGBT Youth, HIV/AIDS, senior and other nonprofit organizations as well as a member of the San Diego LGBT Center Board of Directors.  He serves on the San Diego GLBT Historic Task Force and has volunteered with a number of other organizations. Chris was recently recognized as the Community Leader of the Year by the Greater San Diego Business Association, one of San Diego’s 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, one of Our City San Diego’s 21 Future Leaders, the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Volunteer of the Year, and was accepted in the Truman National Security Project Class of 2015 Partners.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He and his partner Thom are homeowners in University Heights with their baby daughter, Betty and their cairn terrier, Monty.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Christine Kehoe, California State Senator (ret.); former San Diego City Councilmember, District 3
  • Hon. Toni Atkins, California State Assembly Speaker; former San Diego City Councilmember, District 3
  • Uptown Democratic Club

Organizations (24)

  • San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
  • San Diego State Democratic Club
  • Pt. Loma Democratic Club
  • Black Mountain Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Chicano Democratic Association
  • San Diego County Young Democrats
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • Service Employees International Union
  • San Diego Deputy City Attorneys Association
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 127
  • San Diego Municipal Employees Association
  • La Raza Lawyers
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association Advocacy
  • San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • San Diego Lifeguards, Teamsters 911
  • San Diego City Firefighters
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • League of Conservation Voters, San Diego Chapter
  • Sierra Club
  • Equality California

Elected Officials (29)

  • Hon. George Gastil, Lemon Grove Mayor Pro Tem
  • Hon. Evonne Schulze, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees (ret.)
  • Hon. Francisco Tamayo, Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Trustees Member
  • Hon. Rich Leib, Solana Beach School District Board of Trustees President
  • Hon. Humberto Peraza, Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees President
  • Hon. Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees Member
  • Hon. Bernie Rhinerson, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees Member
  • Hon. Rich Grosch, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees Past President
  • Hon. Maria Nieto Señour, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees President
  • Hon. Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Member
  • Hon. Mark Anderson, San Diego County Board of Education Vice-President
  • Hon. Steve Padilla, Chula Vista Mayor (ret.)
  • Hon. Racquel Vasquez, Lemon Grove City Councilmember
  • Hon. Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, National City Councilmember
  • Hon. Lesa Heebner, Solana Beach Mayor
  • Hon. Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach Mayor
  • Hon. John Hartley, San Diego City Councilmember, District 3 (ret.)
  • Hon. Donna Frye, San Diego City Councilmember (ret.)
  • Hon. Dave Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor, District 3
  • Hon. Nathan Fletcher, California State Assemblymember (ret.)
  • Hon. Lucy Killea, California State Senator (ret.)
  • Hon. Dede Alpert, California State Senator (ret.)
  • Hon. Dr. Shirley Weber, California State Assemblymember, 79th District
  • Hon. Kevin de León, California State Senate President pro Tempore, 24th District
  • Hon. Marty Block, California State Senator, 39th District
  • Hon. Marti Emerald, San Diego City Councilmember
  • Hon. Myrtle Cole, San Diego City Councilmember
  • Hon. David Alvarez, San Diego City Councilmember
  • Hon. Scott Peters, United States Congressman, 52nd District

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