Antonio Martinez and Vivian Moreno
Antonio Martinez and Vivian Moreno. Campaign photos

Two Democrats on the San Diego City Council endorsed different candidates for District 8, which includes Barrio Logan and other central neighborhoods as well as San Ysidro and Otay Mesa on the border.

Councilman David Alvarez, who currently represents the district but will be termed out next year, endorsed Vivian Moreno, who has worked on his staff for the past eight years.

“I enthusiastically support Vivian for City Council,” said Alvarez. “Over the last 8 years Vivian has worked alongside me to make San Diego a better place. She has served the communities of District 8 with the determination and passion that our neighborhoods need.”

But Chris Ward, a new member of the council, endorsed Antonio Martinez, a member of the San Ysidro School Board and healthcare advocate.

“I am standing with Antonio Martinez because he is the fighter underserved communities need standing up for them at City Hall,” said Ward. “The first in his family to go to college, Antonio Martinez has fought hard on the School Board to root out waste and abuse and give every child, regardless of income or background, a fair shot to succeed. At City Hall, Antonio Martinez will fight for our neighborhoods’ fair share for the stronger public safety, safer communities and better roads we deserve.”

Both candidates grew up in the South Bay. The primary election will be in June.

Chris Jennewein

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