Myrtle Cole

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Myrtle Cole
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Member of the
San Diego City Council
for the Fourth District
Assumed office
June 3, 2013
Mayor Bob Filner
Preceded by Tony Young
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Arizona
National University
Website City Council District 4 website

Myrtle Cole is an American elected official in San Diego, California. She is a member of the San Diego City Council representing City Council District 4, and effective January 2017 she is the president of the city council. She is the first African American woman elected to the city council. She was first elected to office in the 2013 special election to fill the seat vacated by Tony Young,[1] and re-elected in 2014. She is a Democrat, although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.

District 4 includes the neighborhoods of Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Greater Skyline Hills, Jamacha, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, North Bay Terrace, Oak Park, O'Farrell, Paradise Hills, Redwood Village, Rolando Park, South Bay Terrace, Valencia Park, and Webster.[2]

San Diego City Council

She won re-election to a four-year term in the June 2014 primary election, drawing 57% of the primary votes. Her second term began in December 2014.[3] In December 2016 she was chosen by the other members of the council to serve as council president. In that role she sets the council’s agenda and makes committee assignments and chairmanships.[4]

Committee Assignments

  • Rules Committee (Chair)
  • Budget Review Committee (Vice Chair)

Source: Office of the City Clerk

Electoral History

San Diego City Council District 4 election, 2014[1]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Myrtle Cole 6,921 57.00
Democratic Bruce Williams 2,378 19.58
Nonpartisan Blanca Lopez Brown 1,832 15.09
Nonpartisan Tony Villafranca 1,011 8.33
Total votes 12,142 100
San Diego City Council District 4 special election, 2013[1][5]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Myrtle Cole 4,304 32.3
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 2,025 15.2
Democratic Brian "Barry" Pollard 1,548 11.6
Democratic Ray Smith 1,207 9.1
Democratic Blanca Lopez Brown 1,084 8.1
Republican Sandy Spackman 1,067 8.0
Democratic Bruce Williams 1,059 8.0
Democratic Tony Villafranca 621 4.7
Democratic Monica Montgomery 404 3.0
Total votes 13,319 100
General election
Democratic Myrtle Cole 6,612 54.1
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 5,603 45.9
Total votes 12,215 100


  1. ^ a b c "Election History - Council District 4" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Council District 4 Communities". City of San Diego. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zapf Wins; Cate, Kim Headed To Runoff In City Council Races". KPBS. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Garrick, David (December 12, 2016). "Cole selected San Diego City Council president". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "City of San Diego Municipal Special Election Results". County of San Diego. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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