Republican challenger Carl DeMaio and Democratic Rep. Scott Peters capitalized on taxes and business interests this week with dueling endorsements in their 52nd Congressional District campaigns.

On Tax Day, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association backed DeMaio. On Wednesday, the Mexican American Business & Professional Association endorsed Peters.

Logos of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Mexican American Business and Professionals Association

“Carl DeMaio was the driving force behind reforming San Diego City Hall and saving this city from bankruptcy,” said Jon Coupal, who heads the Howard Jarvis group. “From his success with the Pension Reform Initiative to his expertise on how to uncover wasteful spending in government budgets, DeMaio is a proven reformer with a stellar national reputation for getting results for taxpayers.”

The Howard Jarvis group has partnered with DeMaio in the past, said the DeMaio campaign.

“In Congress, Carl DeMaio will shift reform of wasteful spending into high gear,” Coupal said.

Said DeMaio: “I’m thrilled to have the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association and I look forward to advancing reforms to eliminate wasteful spending with their help.”

The Mexican American Business & Professional Association calls itself a nonpartisan group that regularly hosts prominent San Diego Republicans and Democrats; it was an early endorser of Congressman Peters’ successful campaign in 2012.

“Scott’s congressional leadership has provided crucial support for investment in San Diego, which helps boost our innovation economy, improve cross-border economic ties, and provide more opportunities for Latinos and small businesses,” said MABPA President Josie Calderon. “We’re proud to continue our support of an effective advocate for San Diego who’s delivered on his promises in Congress.”

Said Peters: “I went to Congress committed to breaking through the partisan divisions to provide support for our local businesses. I’ve worked hard to build support for more investment in our local economy and reached across the aisle to reduce regulations that block business growth. Together with partners like MABPA, we’re proving that San Diego knows how to create jobs while protecting and improving our quality of life. I’m honored to have earned the trust of these business leaders.”