The primary election is getting close and the mayor of San Diego has made his choice for District Three.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R) made an announcement today, endorsing Anthony Bernal (D) as his preferred candidate in the race for San Diego City Councilmember of the Third District.
Faulconer, in a statement recognized that each candidate has passion and heart, but only one has enough experience to hit the ground running on day one.
“As the former Councilmember for Downtown and its surrounding communities, I know that Anthony Bernal has a proven track record of delivering results for the neighborhoods of District Three,” said Mayor Faulconer, “He will focus on the things that are important to residents, most importantly continuing to fund and improve our infrastructure. I trust he will put politics aside and focus on what’s best for San Diego."
This is the final term for current Councilmember Todd Gloria (pictured above left) who has been in office since 2008, briefly taking over mayoral duties for the resigning Bob Filner in 2013, until Mayor Faulconer was officially sworn in March of 2014.
Anthony Bernal was elected by Gloria as a community representative to the Third District as a community representative where he supervised Golden Hill, North Park and South Park.
“I am honored and extremely humbled to have the Mayor’s endorsement in this race,” said Bernal, “My experience at City Hall has shown me that it takes a true collaborative effort between the Mayor and Council to get things done for residents. That’s what I can promise to the residents of District Three – with the support of our Mayor, our neighborhoods will continue to see progress on all of the issues that matter most.”
Bernal is running against Navy veteran Chris Ward (D) for the District Three seat. Ward (pictured below left) is gay and serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator Marty Block, and has worked within the LGBT community being on the Board of Directors at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, as well as the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
"One of the differences is I'm going to make sure that we are fighting to get the kind of community benefits and community developments that work well for all people,” Ward said at a news conference in Hillcrest today, "When you're the lapdog of the Building Industry Association, it's profit, profit, profit — no public benefit. I think he's [Bernal] going to come to their side when the questions come up and push comes to shove."
The 2016 primary will occur on June 7, 2016. Absentee voting has already begun.Mayor Faulcon