Wendy Wheatcroft. Photo courtesy Emerge California

Democrat Wendy Wheatcroft, founder of San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention, announced Wednesday she will seek the District 7 seat on the San Diego City Council in 2020 being vacated by termed out incumbent Scott Sherman.

Wheatcroft, 42*, lives in Allied Gardens. She attended Coronado High School and San Diego State University, according to a news release.

The daughter of a retired Naval Air Station North Island-based U.S. Navy pilot, Wheatcroft spent 13 years teaching in Escondido and Coronado. Most recently she served as California chapter lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in addition to her role with SD4GVP.

“I come from a proud military family and I’ve lived in San Diego almost my entire life. These two factors – my deep sense of service to the community and love of the city – were strong drivers in my decision to seek this position,” Wheatcroft said in a statement.

“District 7 is a wonderful place to raise my children, but there are several challenges that the district faces which need to be addressed.”

She cited homelessness and housing affordability, which “need to be urgently fixed in District 7, just as they do in San Diego in general.”

She also said a range of environmental challenges need attention.

“From the San Diego River to Mission Trails, it is our duty to keep our natural resources both beautiful and safe,” she said.

Wheatcroft also is a 2018 graduate of Emerge California, a group that trains Democratic women interested in running for public office. San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott attended its training in 2015.

“We are always thrilled when one of our alums runs for office — it’s what we prepare them to do, so it’s exciting when they take the leap!” said a spokeswoman for Emerge California.

Last month, The San Diego Union-Tribune handicapped the 2020 races and said possible Democratic candidates in District 7 included Wheatcroft and San Diego school trustee Kevin Beiser.

Wheatcroft set up a campaign website at wendy4sd.com and also launched Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Sherman, a Republican, was elected to the District 7 seat in June 2012 and was re-elected in 2016, beating his main rival by 40 percentage points. He represents the communities of Miramar, Tierrasanta, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, Allied Gardens, Granville and Del Cerro.

Candidates for council — including Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 — can’t take out nomination papers until Nov. 6 or file before Nov. 14.

The last day to file nomination papers is Dec. 15. The primary is March 3, 2020, and the general election Nov. 3, 2020.

Updated at 2 p.m. Jan. 10, 2019

*Correction: An earlier version of this story gave a different age and community where she lives.

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