Antonio Martinez, the District 8 candidate for San Diego City Council, greeted District 2 council hopeful Jen Campbell at Golden Hall.
Antonio Martinez, a District 8 candidate for San Diego City Council, greeted District 2 council hopeful Jen Campbell at Golden Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego City Council candidate Antonio Martinez picked up the endorsement of a second primary opponent Wednesday in his bid for District 8 in the South Bay.

Community activist and nonprofit executive Christian Ramirez, who finished third with just three votes less than Martinez, joined fourth-place finisher Zach Lazarus in making an endorsement.

“Antonio Martínez is the advocate we need and I am pleased to endorse him for San Diego City Council,” said Ramirez. “Antonio has demonstrated a willingness to understand the complex issues impacting our community and he is deeply committed to ensuring that our communities are not left behind.”

Martinez, a San Ysidro school board member, said he was honored to receive Ramirez’s support and thanked  him for running a “competitive, clean campaign that shined a light on the neglect of our neighborhoods.”

Vivian Moreno, an aide to current Councilmember David Alvarez, led in the June primary with 36 percent, but the combined vote for Martinez and the two candidates endorsing him was 64 percent.

Moreno and Martinez, both Democrats, will face each other in the November general election.

Chris Jennewein

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