Assemblymember Todd Gloria at Golden Hall in June 2018. Photo by Chris Stone

City Attorney Mara Elliott announced Monday her endorsement of Assemblyman Todd Gloria in the race to succeed Kevin Faulconer as mayor of San Diego.

“Todd Gloria stands up for working families and gets things done. I’ve worked with Todd to strengthen San Diego’s living wage law and stamp out discrimination in city contracting. I know Todd has the unmatched experience and unwavering values San Diego needs in its next mayor,” said Elliott.

“Todd will deliver on the priorities that matter to San Diego families, and that’s why I’m endorsing him for mayor,” she said.

Elliott’s backing is the first public endorsement of Gloria’s mayoral campaign by a current city elected official.

“Mara Elliott has been a remarkable city attorney for San Diego and I am greatly looking forward to working with her as the next mayor,” said Gloria. “With Mara as city attorney, I know we can move San Diego forward and build a new San Diego that works for all of us.”

Gloria has racked up multiple local, state and federal endorsements in recent weeks, including the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and a handful of local labor unions.

Gloria faces City Councilwoman Barbara Bry , who recently picked up the high-profile endorsement of Rep. Mike Levin.

On Twitter, Bry reacted to the latest endorsement of her rival by slamming the city attorney.

“Mara Elliott and Todd Gloria have a fundamentally different approach than I do to government transparency and accountability,” Bry said. “The City Attorney — without consulting with the City Council — sponsored legislation in Sacramento this year that would have significantly weakened the California Public Records Act, by which the public is guaranteed access to government communications and documents.”

Noting that she was critical of her action and once worked as a journalist, Bry said Gloria as acting mayor once initiated a policy of deleting city emails older than one year.

“Fortunately, his ill-advised policy was discontinued by incoming Mayor Kevin Faulconer,” she said.

Also in the 2020 race are attorney Cory Briggs, activist Tasha Williamson and former mayoral candidate Rich Riel. The primary election will be next March 3.

Updated at 3 p.m. May 6, 2019

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Chris Jennewein

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