California Gov. Gain Newsom on Thursday threw his political weight behind Assemblymember Todd Gloria in the race to succeed Kevin Faulconer as mayor of San Diego.
“Todd Gloria is the right leader at the right time to be the next mayor of the great city of San Diego,” said Newsom. “From housing and healthcare to climate change and civil rights, Todd is an energetic thinker and a compassionate consensus-builder who has tackled California’s big challenges while always putting San Diego first.
Newsom, who was mayor of San Francisco before entering state politics, described a big-city mayor’s role as “on the frontlines of the fight to make California’s communities stronger, safer, healthier, and more liveable.”
Gloria, who will face City Councilmember Barbara Bry in the March primary, was previously endorsed by state Senate President Toni Atkins and former Gov. Jerry Brown.
“Having Governor Newsom’s support as we seek to build a new San Diego that works for all of us signifies the change our city needs,” said Gloria. “As mayor, I am prepared to work with the governor and our state leaders to make sure San Diego is a real city of opportunity in which every San Diegan can live and have a future in this town.”
Both Bry and Gloria are Democrats, although the mayor’s post is technically nonpartisan.