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Kehoe, Frye, Atkins endorse Whitburn for county supervisor

SAN DIEGO -- Days after announcing his candidacy for San Diego County Supervisor, District 4, Stephen Whitburn today announced the endorsements of three prominent leaders in the district.

State Sen. Christine Kehoe, City Councilmember Donna Frye and former City Councilmember and Acting Mayor Toni Atkins have all offered Whitburn their help.

Whitburn’s campaign kickoff fundraiser will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Bamboo Lounge, 1475 University Ave. in Hillcrest.

Kehoe said Whitburn is the right choice in the June 8 election for County Supervisor.

"The county board needs a voice that protects working families, keeps our neighborhoods safe and clean, and cares for the most vulnerable residents," Kehoe said. "Stephen Whitburn will be that voice for us."

Similarly, Atkins said Whitburn will bring much-needed change to the board.

"I've known Stephen Whitburn for nearly a decade," Atkins said. "We urgently need his integrity, compassion and energy on the County Board of Supervisors."

Whitburn expressed thanks for the outpouring of support the campaign has received in recent days. Hundreds of people have joined a Facebook page for the campaign.

"I am grateful to have the confidence of respected leaders like Senator Kehoe and Councilmembers Frye and Atkins, and I am energized to have the support of so many other people who want a fresh voice on the County Board," Whitburn said.

With only 82 days to go before Election Day, Whitburn said his campaign is in high gear. He expects to have a full team on board and volunteers in the field by the end of the week.

Whitburn, a Democrat, is challenging Republican Ron Roberts in a district that has a 2-to-1 Democratic registration advantage. Roberts and the four other incumbent supervisors are all Republicans and have all held their seats for more than 15 years.