Mark Kersey
Mark Kersey. Campaign photo

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday he is endorsing City Councilman Mark Kersey in the race for the 38th state Senate District in East County.

“Mark is a proven reformer who has worked closely with me to turn our city around,” said Faulconer. “He’s led on fiscal reforms, and as chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, he’s helped San Diego achieve historic levels of street paving. Mark’s record of results is exactly what we need in Sacramento.”

Kersey will face fellow Republican Brian Jones, who served two terms in the Assembly ending in 2016, in the statewide June primary.

The district, which is currently represented by term-limited Sen. Joel Anderson, stretches north of Interstate 8 and east of Interstate 15 to the Riverside and Imperial counties lines.

Kersey ran unopposed for City Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote. He was instrumental in developing the voter-approved Rebuild San Diego measure, which created long-term funding from existing taxes for street and infrastructure improvements.

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Chris Jennewein

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