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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 9

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Ricardo Flores

Chief of Staff
16,583 votes (45.24%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fill potholes, repave streets, and repair aging infrastructure. Ricardo will ensure we get our fair share of funding for streets, sidewalks, and streetlights.
  • Keep our families and neighborhoods safe. Ricardo will improve medical and fire emergency response times, hire more public safety officers, address homelessness, and build more fire stations.
  • Create good jobs and affordable housing. Ricardo will work to build more affordable rental housing near good jobs and schools so families can get the same opportunities he had growing up in District 9.



Profession:Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff, District 9, Councilwoman Marti Emerald (2012–current)


University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts, Film


Ricardo Flores has served the communities of District 9 since 2005. He is currently Chief of Staff for Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald and was a senior aide to Congresswoman Susan Davis.  A native of District 9's City Heights neighborhood, Ricardo lived there as a child in the first home his public school teacher parents purchased. 

A long time Meals on Wheels volunteer, Ricardo has served on the following local boards and committees: San Diego Chicano Democratic Association, President; San Diego Community College District Trustee Advisory Council, Member; HerMANO Mentor Program, President; San Diego Green Workforce Coalition, Member; United Way Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Resource Committee, Executive Board Member; San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Noise Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio Member; ARC of San Diego Advisory Board, Member.

Prior to serving in government, Ricardo worked in film and TV production and taught English overseas.  A graduate of UCLA, he and his wife, Deanneka, live in Kensington with their yellow lab.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Susan Davis
  • San Diego City Firefighters Local 145
  • San Diego Police Officers Association

Organizations (22)

  • Unity League of San Diego
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • San Diego Municipal Employees Association
  • South Bay Young Democrats
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 127
  • National Electric Contractors Association of San Diego
  • Mexican American Business Professional Association
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices in the Plumbing, Steamfitting, Pipefitting, Pipe Welding, Refrigeration
  • San Diego Association of Realtors
  • National Latino Police Officers Association
  • BikeSD
  • National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 70
  • Laborers International Local 89
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • Somali Elders
  • Latino American Political Association of San Diego
  • Deputy City Attorneys Association of San Diego
  • Chicano Democratic Association
  • San Diego Building & Construction Trades
  • Uptown Democratic Club

Elected Officials (7)

  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Council President Sherri Lightner
  • Councilmember Myrtle Cole
  • State Senator Marty Block
  • Former Councilmember Ed Harris

Individuals (18)

  • Jose Reynoso, Chair of the College Area Community Council
  • Rhea Kuhlman, Past Chair of the College Area Community Council
  • Linda Pennington, Past President of the Azalea Park Town Council
  • Larry Baza, Past President of the Azalea Park Town Council
  • Dep Tuany, The Pan African Family Union, Inc.
  • David Valladolid, CEO of the Parent Institute Quality Education
  • Ann Burnett-Troisi, Past Chair of the Talmadge Community Council
  • David Moty, Longtime Talmadge Community member
  • Maria Cortez, longtime City Heights community leader
  • Russ Connelly, Chair of the Fairmount Park Neighborhood Association
  • Theresa Quiroz, Commissioner of the City of San Diego Planning Commission
  • Deb Tuany, The Pan African Family Union
  • Doug Case, Past President of the College Area Community Council
  • Patty Vaccariello, Chair of the City Heights Area Planning Committee
  • Robert Price, Board Chair of Price Smart & Price Philanthropies Foundation
  • Tom Barb, Chair of the Talmadge Community Council
  • Adam Day, Board of Trustees of the California State University
  • Araceli Martinez, Former District 9 Candidate

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