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San Diego Port Commissioner Stephen Cushman was reappointed to a third term by the San Diego City Council this afternoon.

It originally appeared that Cushman’s bid for a third term would be defeated when the City Council voted against overturning its two-term policy with a 4-4 vote. But, moments later, the council also failed to appoint Cushman’s competition, Laurie Black, along the same 4-4 lines.

So, the council voted again on its waiver of the two-term policy, and this time it passed 5-3 with Councilwoman Toni Atkins switching her vote. That paved the way for an open vote of Cushman against Black, with the council voting 5-3 to support Cushman. Councilmembers Donna Frye, Tony Young, Ben Hueso, Brian Maienschein and Atkins supported Cushman. Supporting Black were Councilmen Scott Peters, Jim Madaffer and Kevin Faulconer.

Check back later for more on the story.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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