Chris Ward (American politician)

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Chris Ward
Member of the
San Diego City Council
for the Third District
Assumed office
December 12, 2016
MayorKevin Faulconer
Preceded byTodd Gloria
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Alma materJohns Hopkins University (BA)
Harvard University (MPP/MUP)[1]
WebsiteCity 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,[2] although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.

Education and career[edit]

Ward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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[edit]


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.[3] 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.[4]

San Diego City Council District 3 primary election, 2016[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Ward 24,512 59%
Democratic Anthony Bernal 11,492 27%
Nonpartisan Scott Sanborn 5,800 14%
Total votes 41,804 100%


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.[5]

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.[6]

Committee assignments[7][edit]

  • Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (Chair)
  • Land Use and Housing Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Rules Committee

Candidacy for California state Assembly[edit]

On January 24, 2019, Ward announced that he would be a candidate for the California state Assembly in district 78 to succeed Assemblyman Todd Gloria, who's running for Mayor of San Diego.[8]

2020 California State Assembly[edit]

2020 California's 78th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Ward 69,125 55.6
Democratic Sarah Davis 34,410 27.7
Democratic Micah Perlin 20,741 16.7
Total votes 124,276 100.0
General election
Democratic Chris Ward
Democratic Sarah Davis
Total votes
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Ward and his partner Thom are homeowners in University Heights, where they live with their two children.[9]


  1. ^ Garrick, David (December 2, 2016). "Ward brings experience, expertise to council". Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Trageser, Claire. "Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd Gloria". KPBS Public Media.
  3. ^ "Communities - City of San Diego Official Website".
  4. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 3" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ Bowen, Andrew (July 31, 2017). "San Diego To Mandate 'Equal Pay' Among City Contractors". KPBS. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. ^ Concepcion, Muriel (January 8, 2018). "City Council Votes to Ban Styrofoam Use in San Diego". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Office of the City Clerk". City of San Diego. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "About Councilmember Ward". City of San Diego. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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