Chris Cate (left), Jerry Sanders, Kevin Faulconer, Lorie Zapf, Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey at Harbor Island. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego’s mayor, former mayor and three City Council members gathered at Harbor Island on Thursday to publicize their support for Chris Cate in the 6th District race.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he considered Cate, who once worked for him, the best candidate to continue San Diego’s economic recovery because of his “knowledge, experience and positive outlook.

“I know Chris. I trust Chris…He is clearly the right guy at the right time,” Faulconer said.

Faulconer was joined by former Mayor Jerry Sanders and council members Lorie Zapf, Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey. The council position is non-partisan, but Cate and those gathered are all Republicans.

Cate faces Democrat Carol Kim. If Cate wins, Democrats on the council will lose their super majority and will not be able override a veto by the mayor.

“It’s an honor to know that so many people are behind me,” said Cate. He said he expected to win, but conceded that it would be “with a close margin.”

Zapf, who currently represents the 6th District, but who will represent the 2nd District after redistricting and the June primary, said her former constituents are not interested in partisanship but in getting things done for their community.

“There’s no learning curve for Chris Cate. He will go in there and get results,” Zapf said.

The 6th district includes Mira Mesa, Miramar, Kearny Mesa and parts of Rancho Penasquitos and Clairemont Mesa.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.