Morning Report: New Candidates, Old Alliances in D8

Vivian Moreno (left) and Antonio Martinez (right) are running to represent District 8 on the San Diego City Council. / Photos by Adriana Heldiz

The race to represent District 8 on the City Council, which covers southern San Diego and the South Bay, is not just a contest between two candidates, it’s between two historically divided factions.

Current District 8 Councilman David Alvarez is backing his staffer Vivian Moreno. Antonio Martinez is backed by former D8 Councilmen Ben Hueso and Juan Vargas.

Alvarez, who is being termed out, won as an outsider without support from traditional district power-brokers like Vargas and Hueso in 2010.

Andrew Keatts paints a vivid picture of the old rivalries that drive South Bay politics and life on the campaign trail: “Systematically, Moreno shakes the front gate to every house before opening them, hoping to startle any dog that might be back there, just to be safe. “Veteran…

Original published: 2018-10-11 11:30:59 Read the full San Diego News here

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