District 6 Councilmember
Councilmember Cate proudly represents the Sixth District of the City of San Diego which includes the neighborhoods of Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.
Prior to becoming Councilmember, Chris served as Vice President of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. As a long-time taxpayer advocate, Chris championed local and state legislation to ensure that cities and public agencies exercised accountability, efficiency, and fiscal discipline on behalf of the taxpayers who funded them. During his tenure, Chris successfully wrote the analysis for Proposition B, a local ballot initiative that will save taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars in a 30-year period.
By way of government experience, Chris was the Policy Director for then San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer of the Second District. He oversaw issues relating to the City’s budget as well as the implementation of key initiatives, such as competition for City services.
Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. During his time at USD, a high school friend and he started a successful small business that specialized in auto glass replacement and windshield repair.
As Councilmember, Chris has been lauded for his solution-oriented approach to public safety, economic development, and the environment. By unanimous vote of the San Diego City Council, Chris was appointed to five Council Committees, serving as Vice Chair for two:
- Charter Review (Vice Chair)
- Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods (Vice Chair)
- Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations
The community’s support has been steadfast and unwavering. Chris has received numerous awards and accolades, including Board Member of the Year (Asian Business Association), Taxpayer Champion of the Year (San Diego County Taxpayer Association), 40 Under 40 (Daily Transcript), and the Filipino American Community Empower Luminary Award, to note a few.
During his free time, Chris enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his family, and trying new restaurants. Chris and his wife, Maria, live in Mira Mesa.
Chris can be reached at [email protected] or (619) 236-6616.