Denise Gitsham. Campaign photo

Denise Gitsham, a partner in a public relations business in Little Italy and a former Washington, D.C., attorney, announced Thursday her candidacy for the Congressional seat held by  two-term Rep. Scott Peters.

Gitsham, a Republican who has worked at the White House under President George W. Bush, the Senate and the U.S. Department of Justice, will challenge Peters in the 52nd District, which includes Coronado, La Jolla, Poway and much of the city of San Diego.

The 38-year-old daughter of immigrants from Canada and China grew up in California, graduated from Georgetown University and practiced at the international law firm K&L Gates. She is partner in the public affairs firm SVN Public Relations.

Peters edged out then-incumbent Rep. Brian Bilbray in 2012 and survived a bitter reelection fight with former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio in 2014.

Gitsham will face another Republican challenger, Marine combat veteran Jacquie Atkinson, in the June primary.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

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