The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County on Thursday announced it has endorsed Councilwoman Lorie Zapf for south coastal District 2 on the San Diego City Council — left vacant when Kevin Faulconer was elected mayor.
Zapf — switching from the inland District 6 — will face federal prosecutor Sarah Boot; Pacific Beach community activist Jim Morrison; and Mark Schwartz, a marketer of organic fertilizers, in the June election.“Lorie Zapf’s experience and commitment to public safety makes her the clear choice for San Diego,” said association President Matt Clay.
“During her first term she recognized the crisis facing the San Diego Police Department. We believe her resourcefulness and leadership will continue rebuilding the police department with the equipment and manpower needed to keep our neighborhoods safe. Lorie Zapf is exactly the kind of elected official that San Diego needs on the City Council.”
Zapf said: “I am humbled and honored to be ‘Law Enforcement’s Choice’ for Council District 2. Keeping our neighborhoods safe is my top priority, but we are starting to see the repercussions of years of budget cuts coupled with the effects of AB109. I am committed to ensuring that the men and women in law enforcement have the resources they need to keep us safe.”
In a press release, Zapf noted that during her first term, she secured funding for public safety improvements as a result of her fight to “reform a wasteful and inefficient government agency, formerly known as the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies.”
Zapf also partnered with then-Councilman Faulconer to establish a Police Recruitment and Retention Program, an effort aimed at keeping experienced SDPD officers from leaving to competing law enforcement agencies, she said.
The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County is the professional labor organization of more than 2,000 sworn deputies of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
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