Georgette Gomez. Photo from campaign Facebook page
Georgette Gomez. Photo from campaign Facebook page

The San Diego County Democratic Party has endorsed neighborhood leader Georgette Gómez over outgoing City Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s chief of staff in the campaign for the District 9 seat.

“I’m incredibly proud to be the Democratic choice for City Council,” said Gómez. “I’m running to shake up city hall and make it work for the people again. We simply can’t expect a city hall insider backed by the downtown special interests to fight on behalf of ordinary people.”

Prior to the June primary, the party declared Gómez, Emerald’s chief-of-staff Ricardo Flores and union leader Sarah Saez as acceptable. Now the party has settled on Gómez.

Flores received 34 percent of the vote to Gómez’ 31 percent on June 7, and the two will face each other in a runoff in the November general election.

“The Democratic Party looked at both Democratic candidates for City Council and overwhelmingly endorsed Georgette Gómez,” said Francine Busby, chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. “This endorsement is a clear message to Democratic voters that Georgette Gómez is the best candidate to fight for Democratic values and our neighborhoods’ priorities at City Hall.”

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Chris Jennewein

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