Rafael Castellanos. File photo

Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos announced Tuesday he has secured the endorsement of San Diego’s longshore workers union.

The ILWU Local 29 endorsement is the first by a labor organization in the race for San Diego County Supervisor in District 1.

“Rafael Castellanos is a steadfast champion for the hard-working men and women who labor on San Diego’s waterfront,” said Local 29 President Bryan Brooks. “As Port Commissioner, Rafael has stood up for labor time and again to create solid middle-class jobs and protect workers’ health and safety standards.”

Castellanos, an attorney and Democrat, faces former City Councilman David Alvarez and Southwestern Community College Trustee Nora Vargas in the March 2020 primary.

“I’ve been proud to stand with labor as Port Commissioner and I’ll continue to fight to create jobs, expand economic opportunity and combat income inequality on the county Board of Supervisors,” Castellanos said.

The district stretches from Barrio Logan to the Mexican border and from Coronado to the east side of Chula Vista. It is currently held by Greg Cox, who is termed out.

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Chris Jennewein

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