Rafael Castellanos
Rafael Castellanos. File photo

Port of San Diego Commissioner Rafael Castellanos announced Monday that he secured the endorsement of the San Diego Harbor Police Officers Association as he runs for the county Board of Supervisors.

The association represents the port’s 130 harbor police officers, who assist with public safety and marine firefighting services in and around the port. According to Castellanos, it is the first public safety group to endorse a candidate in the race for the Board of Supervisors’ District 1 seat.

“As Port Commissioner, Rafael Castellanos has been a proponent for first responders, building stronger bonds between communities and police, and advocating for the public safety resources we need to protect the residents of San Diego’s five port cities and keep travelers safe at San Diego International Airport,” said association President Jonathan Taylor. “We trust he’ll bring that same strong voice for public safety and community to the county Board of Supervisors.”

The Harbor Police Officers Association joins a growing list of endorsements for Castellanos in his bid for the board. Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez, Chula Vista Councilwoman Jill Galvez and San Diego’s longshore workers’ union have also endorsed Castellanos since he announced his intention to run for the District 1 seat Jan. 3.

Supervisor Greg Cox currently represents the district, but will be termed out in 2020 after serving for more than 25 years. The district includes coastal sections of southern San Diego County, including the San Diego Port District and the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado and National City.

“Every San Diegan deserves to live without fear of crime, and our police departments need to be fully funded so they can ensure fast, reliable emergency response in every neighborhood,” Castellanos said. “I’m committed to building strong partnerships between police officers and the people they serve to keep all communities safe.”

— City News Service