Georgette Gomez. Photo from campaign Facebook page

Georgette Gomez’s campaign for the District 9 seat on the San Diego City Council won the endorsement Tuesday of Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins.

Atkins praised Gomez’s courage, leadership and dedication to the community. Gomez has also been endorsed by Councilman David Alvarez and former Councilwoman Donna Frye.

“Georgette Gomez is a leader who has spent her career standing up to powerful special interests,” said Atkins. “She will bring a fresh perspective to city hall and will fight to strengthen our neighborhoods and support San Diego’s working families.”

Gomez, a native San Diegan born to immigrant parents, said she is “thrilled and honored” to have Atkins’ support.

“I am committed to bringing change to city hall to stop the downtown giveaways and special deals shortchanging our communities,” Gomez said. “It’s time to get our priorities straight and make city hall work for the people again.”

District 9, which stretches from San Diego State University to Southcrest, is currently represented by Marti Emerald, who has chosen not to run for a third term on the council.

Also in the running for the seat are Emerald’s chief of staff, Ricardo Flores, lawyer Araceli Martinez, and taxi driver union head Sarah Saez.

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Chris Jennewein

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