Candidates Face Off in First District 8 Forum


The Environmental Health Coalition Heats Up Race for City Council


Contact: Ricardo Favela,, 760.468.4519

San Diego, CA: The leading candidates for the San Diego City Council District 8 race will face each other for the first time in the Environmental Health Coalition’s Candidate Forum. The forum will feature Christian Ramírez, Vivian Moreno and Antonio Martinez.

Forum Details:

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sherman Heights Community Center
2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, California 92102

Framing the forum, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) asks, “Who will lead our communities to justice and prioritize the health and safety of our families?”

Christian Ramírez has confirmed his attendance and is expected to pose a significant challenge to both Antonio Martinez and Vivian Moreno.  Christian is well embedded in the community which he has advocated for over the past 20 years. He has raised nearly $40,000 from over 600 individual donors.

Recently, he was the only candidate of the three to take a position regarding President Donald Trump’s visit to San Diego to inspect the border wall prototypes.  These prototypes were constructed not far from District 8.

Ramírez states:

I am honored to have the opportunity to share my vision of District 8 to the members and supporters of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC). For over three decades EHC has been at the forefront of environmental justice in our community, empowering our community to improve our health and air quality. Having growing up within the District, I know first-hand the devastating impact that poor air quality continues to have have on a community. As a young boy I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, and now as an adult I suffer from asthma.  

I commit to work with EHC to support the adoption of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in the City of San Diego. I believe that local control over our clean energy needs will make a positive impact for families, businesses, and communities in our bi-national region. Not only will CCE help the City achieve its Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals, but it will also assist Council District 8 in addressing the widespread pollution that plagues our residents, and especially our children, every day.

It is no secret that District 8 is home to some of the most underserved and most polluted communities in the City of San Diego. This is especially true in communities such as Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, and Otay Mesa, where children have higher rates of asthma and are exposed to chemicals from private industry.

More about the forum:

EHC proudly hosts a public forum to ask Christian Ramirez, Vivian Moreno and Antonio Martinez about how they plan to address important issues in our communities.

The District 8 Candidates Forum will be moderated by Jose Cruz, the chief executive officer of Barrio Logan College Institute.