Updated at 5:08 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015
The campaign for San Diego city attorney gained a fifth entrant Friday when lawyer Bryan Pease joined the race.
Pease is best known for representing groups that want to protect harbor seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla.
“Having won many cases against the City Attorney’s Office over the years on issues ranging from free speech to protection of marine mammals, in which I was often actually on the side of the mayor and City Council — whereas the City Attorney’s office represented special interests adverse to the city and the public — I believe I am uniquely qualified to lead this office,” Pease said.
He joins a field that includes lawyer and Convention Center director Gil Cabrera, lawyer and Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos; Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott and Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey.
The campaign to succeed Sherri Lightner lost a candidate when community planning expert Joe LaCava dropped out.
La Cava told City News Service he discussed the matter with his family and got out of the race over “a combination of factors.”
Lightner is being termed-out of District 1, which represents Carmel Valley, La Jolla and University City — after eight years. The district is historically the linchpin over whether Democrats or Republicans will control the technically nonpartisan City Council.
The remaining candidates are high tech entrepreneur Barbara Bry and businessman and civic leader Ray Ellis.
The primary election is June 7.
—City News Service
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