Todd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced her endorsement Monday of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, in his run for mayor of San Diego.

Elliott is the first elected official in the city to endorse a candidate in the mayoral race, which also includes City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Elliott, who is currently running unopposed for re-election, is the only other elected official in San Diego that represents the city in its entirety.

“I know Todd has the unmatched experience and unwavering values San Diego needs in its next mayor,” Elliott said. “Todd will deliver on the priorities that matter to San Diego families, and that’s why I’m endorsing him for mayor.”

Elliott and Gloria have yet to serve in the city of San Diego’s government together, although the two have collaborated to improve ordinances like the city’s minimum wage increase. Elliott was first elected as city attorney in 2016, the year Gloria left the San Diego City Council for the Assembly.

Gloria has racked up multiple local, state and federal endorsements in recent weeks, including the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and a handful of local labor unions.

“Mara Elliott has been a remarkable city attorney for San Diego and I am greatly looking forward to working with her as the next Mayor,” Gloria said. “With Mara as city attorney, I know we can move San Diego forward and build a new San Diego that works for all of us.”

Bry called the endorsement “no surprise,” contending that Gloria and Elliott have both made attempts to weaken governmental transparency while in office.

Bry noted Gloria’s since-discontinued practice of deleting city emails older than one year while he served as acting mayor and Elliott’s co- sponsorship of a state bill earlier this year that would have gutted enforcement of the California Public Records Act. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, withdrew it in March.

“If San Diego voters want a mayor who is afraid of transparency and accountability in city government and who is more interested in currying favor with other politicians than in standing up for the public, then I would agree with Mara Elliott — I am probably not their best choice,” Bry said in a statement.

In addition to Gloria and Bry, the mayoral race includes attorney Cory Briggs and activist Tasha Williamson. A Republican has yet to enter the race for the technically nonpartisan position.

Gloria and Bry have, to date, garnered the most high-profile endorsements since announcing their respective campaigns in January. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, is among Bry’s supporters.

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