Chris Olsen
Chris Olsen. Campaign photo

Former San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald has endorsed Chris Olsen for the District 3 seat now held by termed-out Councilman Chris Ward.

Olsen, a policy analyst in the office of the city’s Independent Budget Analyst, is seeking to represent the district that stretches from downtown north to Interstate 8, encompassing many of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

“Chris knows what it takes to be a leader on the City Council. He is qualified to make tough decisions and will deliver quality services for the neighborhoods he represents,” said Emerald. “Having worked together with Chris on funding for a fire station bond proposal, I witnessed a tireless advocate for public safety and our city.”

“I’m honored to receive former Councilmember Marti Emerald’s endorsement,” said Olsen, “and I’m committed to tackling our city’s greatest challenges, such as fully staffing our police and fire-rescue departments.”

Olsen, a Hillcrest resident, has worked for 15 years for elected officials and city government. He also teaches budget and fiscal policy as a faculty member at the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University.

Former San Diego Pride Executive Director Stephen Whitburn has also announced his candidacy for the seat.

The primary election is less than a year away on March 3, 2020. Ward is completing his second term and running for state Assembly.

Chris Jennewein

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