Mike Levin. Campaign photo

President Barack Obama on Wednesday endorsed Democrats Ammar Campa-Najjar and Mike Levin in two San Diego congressional districts that have long been held by Republicans.

Campa-Najjar, a former Obama administration official, is challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose family has represented the 50th District in East County for nearly four decades.

Levin, an environmental lawyer from Orange County, is challenging Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey in the 49th Districi, where longtime Rep. Darrell Issa is retiring and has endorsed Harkey.

The endorsements Wednesday were part of 81 made by the former President in advance of the November midterms, in which Democrats hope to take control of the House of Representatives.

“I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates — leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” said Obama. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility and the rule of law.

“But first, they need our votes,” he said, “and I’m eager to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall.”

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Chris Jennewein

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