February 23, 2024

When Monica Montgomery Steppe was two years outdated she advised her household to cease calling her Pumpkin. Her identify, she advised them, is Monica.

It’s that confidence and perception in herself that has carried Metropolis Councilmember Montgomery to nice heights all through her younger political profession.

Monica Montgomery Steppe. Marketing campaign picture

By no means one to again down from her values or beliefs, the councilmember and county supervisor candidate joins Expensive San Diego to debate her motivations; her love for music, authorities and neighborhood; and why it’s vital for her, and for individuals like her, to be on the desk.

“There are quite a lot of racial disparities throughout the board, and we must always not stand for these — we must always stand towards them actively. Each day,” Montgomery stated on the episode. “My imaginative and prescient for this area is that each single one who desires to attain, each single one who desires to do nicely, each single one who desires to feed their children, each single one who desires to stay nicely in San Diego ought to have the chance to do this, ought to have the selection to do this. And proper now that selection is simply not the identical for everybody.”

She is predicted to win the county supervisor particular election on Nov. 7 to switch Nathan Fletcher. In that case, she would go away her job as a San Diego Councilmember representing District 4, which incorporates the communities of Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Lincoln Park, Mountain View, Paradise Hills, and others.

Her constituents want a robust voice on the desk. In any other case, she stated, they are going to be ignored.

Whereas the challenges Councilmember Montgomery faces as a black lady representing Southeastern San Diego are lengthy, she attracts on her hope and her religion whereas pursuing her objective of guaranteeing alternatives can be found to everybody who desires them.

The Expensive San Diego podcast with Tony Manolatos and Juan Hernandez is produced by JC Polk of Olas Media on the digital branding firm’s studios in Mission Valley.