San Diego City Council candidate Ricardo Flores. Campaign photo

Ricardo Flores announced endorsements Thursday by Rep. Susan Davis and the San Diego Police Officers Association in his race for the District 9 City Council seat now held by Marti Emerald.

Flores is chief of staff to Emerald, but she is not seeking re-election and has endorsed him as her successor.

Davis, who Flores once worked for as a community representative, praised his “incredible commitment to improving his community with integrity and hard work,” adding that “as a resident of the 9th District I’m proud to endorse him.”

Brian Marvel, president of the police officer’s association, warned that “San Diego has some serious public safety challenges ahead” and “Ricardo Flores is the best person to lead the communities of District 9 through this continued rebuilding process.”

Flores will face environmental activist Georgette Gomez and attorney Araceli Martinez in the March primary election.

The 9th district includes neighborhoods east of Interstate 805 and south on Interstate 8, including City Heights, Kensington and the San Diego State University area.

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Chris Jennewein

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