Elections will be held in 2020.
Stephen Whitburn announced his campaign for San Diego City Council District 3 today.
This district includes Downtown, Balboa Park, and the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Middletown, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Old Town, Park West, South Park, and University Heights.
“We live in a beautiful city with vibrant neighborhoods, a bustling downtown, and iconic Balboa Park,” Whitburn said. “Still, there are problems that have yet to be solved. Housing prices have soared, homelessness has increased, hard-working people struggle to make ends meet, and our neighborhoods need attention."
“Our city is at a crossroads,” He adds. “We need strong leaders who will work with the people they represent and with each other to build consensus and move towards solutions.”
He says that it is an honor to be supported by so many in the community who trust his leadership skills, “Together we will rise to the challenge.”
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out to Whitburn and asked how he felt about entering the race.
"It feels great to begin this campaign with the support of so many both in our LGBT community and in the broader community," he said. "We have a lot to do to address homelessness, housing, and neighborhood issues, and I know that together we’ll rise to the challenge."
An award-winning nonprofit leader, Whitburn has helped sick and injured San Diegans at the American Red Cross and worked to advance equality for the LGBT community. Today, he heads a staff of 20 who coordinate charitable efforts for cancer patients and their families across Southern California.
His contributions as a volunteer include serving on advisory panels for the City and County of San Diego, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Board of Directors, the Greater San Diego Business Association Advocacy Committee, and as Vice Chair of the North Park Planning Committee.
Whitburn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He earned his Leadership Certificate from the Center for Executive Development at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. Whitburn is also proficient in Spanish.
The primary election will be held in March of 2020, with the general election to follow November of that same year.