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Council Member; City of San Diego; District 8
Late spending gives Holbrook new presence
By Martin Stolz
November 4, 2005
Douglas Holbrook, an attorney from Golden Hill, has emerged in the final days before Tuesday’s special election as the unexpected maverick candidate of the race to fill the District 8 City Council seat.
His late-September campaign finance report showed that Holbrook had not raised or spent any money.
But Holbrook’s report last week showed he had lent his campaign $20,000 and spent nearly $6,000. Since then, Holbrook has mailed four brochures to likely voters, including one expected to arrive today or tomorrow. He said he will spend at least $25,000 on the campaign.
Holbrook, 60, is one of eight candidates competing in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Ralph Inzunza, who resigned in July after his conviction on federal corruption charges. The two top finishers will be in a January run-off election if no candidate captures more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Holbrook’s late spending could elevate his name recognition in the crowded field. He also could benefit from voter unhappiness with the biggest-spending candidates + Luis Acle, president of the San Diego school board, and Benjamin Hueso, a consultant and former city employee.
A candidate could emerge as a finalist with fewer than 3,000 votes, Vicknair and other analysts said.
He unsuccessfully sought a seat on the San Diego Community College board of trustees in 2000. Holbrook cut his teeth in politics as a Democrat on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, but he became a Republican during the Clinton presidency.
Holbrook, a former law professor and radio host, served on the San Diego Crime Commission and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Task Force.
Holbrook’s campaign is built on a platform of ethics and openness in government, public safety and a pledge not to raise taxes. His Web site is http://www.TakeBackSanDiego.org. Because he supports publicly financed elections, Holbrook spurned contribution offers “just on principle,” he said.
Holbrook’s anti-crime plan calls for increasing police presence in District 8 neighborhoods that he said have double the violent crime rate compared with the rest of San Diego. To help young people avoid the criminal justice system, which he knows well as a criminal defense lawyer, the city needs to provide more supervised options for children, such as the “6-to-6” before-and after-school program, he said.
Holbrook said municipal labor unions ought to “help create the solution” to the city’s fiscal woes with some combination of wage concessions, reduction in pension benefits or layoffs.
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