Chris Ward (American politician)
|Member of the|
San Diego City Council
for the Third District
|Assumed office |
December 12, 2016
|Preceded by||Todd Gloria|
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University (BA)|
Harvard University (MPP/MUP)
|Website||City Council District 3 website|
Christopher Ward is an American politician serving as a member of the San Diego City Council, representing the Third Council District. He is a Democrat, although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.
Education and career
He worked as an environmental planner at the firm EDAW, working with local government to develop land use plans and conduct environmental review, and as a researcher at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego. He then served as the chief of staff to State Senator Marty Block, who represented the communities of the Third City Council District and most of the rest of the city of San Diego.
San Diego City Council
In 2016. Ward ran for an open seat on the San Diego City Council representing District 3. District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill/Park West, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Old Town, and University Heights. Incumbent council member Todd Gloria was ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits. Ward was elected in the June primary with a majority of the vote.
As a councilmember, Ward has worked to identify measures that will significantly reduce San Diego's overall homeless population. These have included three temporary shelters to house 700 individuals, an additional storage facility to serve 500 clients, and a proposed centralized homeless navigation center. In July 2017 the City Council unanimously approved an Equal Pay Ordinance, proposed by Ward. The ordinance requires companies that do business with the city to pay their employees equally regardless of gender or race.
In January 2019 the City Council approved a measure proposed by Ward that bans, for environmental reasons, the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) for most retail uses including food service, egg cartons, and coolers. The ordinance also stipulates that single-use plastic items such as straws and eating utensils be available only on request. According to Ward, San Diego is the largest city in California to take this action.
- Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Vice Chair)
- Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (Chair)
- Land Use and Housing Committee (Vice Chair)
- Rules Committee
- Garrick, David (December 2, 2016). "Ward brings experience, expertise to council". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
- Trageser, Claire. "Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd Gloria". KPBS Public Media.
- "Communities - City of San Diego Official Website".
- "Election History - Council District 3" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Bowen, Andrew (July 31, 2017). "San Diego To Mandate 'Equal Pay' Among City Contractors". KPBS. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- Concepcion, Muriel (January 8, 2018). "City Council Votes to Ban Styrofoam Use in San Diego". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "Office of the City Clerk". City of San Diego. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "About Councilmember Ward". City of San Diego. Retrieved 10 January 2019.