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About Chris

Chris Cate was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2014 and proudly represents the neighborhoods of Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.


As a Councilmember, Chris has been lauded for his solution-oriented approach to public safety, small business, infrastructure, and the environment.

Chris has championed legislation eliminating burdensome fees for small business owners, developed programs to reduce crime, and lead efforts to repave 75 miles of roads, fill 5,000 potholes, and repair 9,000 feet of sidewalks in District 6. Chris also successfully fought to keep Clairemont and Mira Mesa senior centers open, keeping his promise to protect San Diego’s most vulnerable.


Prior to his election to the City Council, Chris was vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. As a long-time taxpayer advocate, he has championed local and state legislation to ensure that cities and public agencies exercise transparency, accountability, efficiency, and fiscal discipline on behalf of the taxpayers who fund them. Chris successfully wrote the analysis for Proposition B, a local ballot initiative that will save taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars over 30 years.

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and while a full-time student, started a successful small business specializing in auto glass replacement and windshield repair.


Chris and his wife, Maria, live in Mira Mesa.  Chris enjoys basketball, new restaurants, craft beer, and spending time with his family.

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