San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday gave his endorsement to Democrat Anthony Bernal in the race for the 3rd District city council race.
Bernal is director of business and community projects for current Councilman Todd Gloria, who is termed out and running for state Assembly.
“There’s no shortage of passion and heart from the candidates in this race, but only one candidate has the experience to hit the ground running on day one,” said Faulconer at a news conference.
“As the former council member for downtown and its surrounding communities, I know that Anthony Bernal has a proven track record of delivering results for the neighborhoods of District 3.”
Bernal said he was “honored and extremely humbled” to have Faulconer’s endorsement and promised “a true collaborative effort between the mayor and council to get things done for residents.”
Though the race is officially non-partisan, Bernal is a Democrat and Faulconer a Republican. However, the San Diego Democratic Party has endorsed Chris Ward, chief of staff for state Sen. Marty Block, in the June 7 primary.
In his endorsement, Faulconer said trusted that Bernal “will put politics aside and focus on what’s best for San Diego.”
Ward said in a statement that “right-wing interests have greenlighted support of my opponent to try to undermine the progressive nature” of District 3. He held a news conference that was attended by his Democratic supporters and organized labor.
District 3 includes downtown, Little Italy, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Northpark, Golden Hill and other central San Diego neighborhoods.