Georgette Gomez. Photo from campaign Facebook page

Neighborhood leader Georgette Gomez, who came in second for the District 9 City Council seat in the June primary, picked up the key endorsement of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on Monday.

“Georgette Gomez is a progressive champion who fights for real change to make a difference in the lives of working people,” said Gonzalez. “Georgette has taken on special interests, stood up to polluters and fought for our neighborhoods’ fair share from City Hall. Georgette Gomez is the clear choice to shake up City Hall and make it work for ordinary people again.”

Gonzalez, a Democrat, represents significant portions of District 9 in the state Assembly. She is the author of California’s paid sick-leave law and the second highest ranking Democrat in the Assembly.

In the primary, Ricardo Flores, the chief of staff to outgoing City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, received 34 percent of the vote to Gomez’ 31 percent. Two other challengers split the remainder. Flores and Gomez will face each other in the November general election.

“I am deeply honored to earn Lorena Gonzalez’s support,” said Gomez. “On the City Council, I’ll stand up to the downtown special interests and political insiders who have shortchanged our neighborhoods for far too long.”

Gomez is a nonprofit executive and longtime neighborhood leader. She is the Director of the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign and past chair of the City Heights Area Planning Committee.

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Chris Jennewein

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