City Council President Todd Gloria at Veterans Day parade. Photo by Chris Stone
City Council President Todd Gloria at a Veterans Day parade. Photo by Chris Stone

City Councilman Todd Gloria announced Tuesday that he will run for State Assembly in 2016 at the end of his council term.

In an email to supporters, Gloria said he would be a candidate for the 78th District seat now held by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who will be termed out.

“I was truly humbled to serve as Interim Mayor of San Diego and to begin the process of restoring your trust in our city government,” said Gloria, who represents District 3 that covers much of central San Diego. “Together, we have stabilized the city’s budget, advocated for housing, protected our environment, and stood up for working families.

“I want to continue that progress as San Diego’s voice in our State Capitol…That’s why I’m announcing today that I am running for State Assembly in the 78th District.”

In making the announcement, Gloria said former prosecutor and City Council candidate Sarah Boot would support his candidacy. Boot told supporters in an email that she was cancelling her campaign kickoff originally set for Thursday and returning unspent donations.

“Todd and I are friends and allies, he has been serving our community well in public office for many years, and we see eye-to-eye on so many issues,” Boot said.

Atkins, who had previously endorsed Boot, issued a statement later Tuesday endorsing Gloria and thanking Boot for her effort.

“Having served the people of this district for five years, I know Todd will do a wonderful job succeeding me in the Assembly,” Atkins said, adding that Boot “deserves our thanks for putting herself out there and putting her hat into the ring.”

Gloria described himself as “the proud son of a maid and a gardener” who worked hard to give their son opportunity.

“This lesson from my parents is what motivates me every day to work on your behalf,” he said. “I’m excited to pursue this opportunity to continue to improve our incredible community as your Assemblymember.”

Gloria had been mentioned as a possible candidate for mayor in 2016. In setting his sights on the state Assembly, he will face interim City Councilman and lifeguard Ed Harris, who announced his candidacy last November.

Chris Jennewein

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