Joe Leventhal. Campaign photo

Local attorney and former Ethics Commissioner Joe Leventhal announced Tuesday his candidacy for the District 5 seat on the San Diego City Council.

“I’m running to bring bold leadership to the City Council, to significantly reduce the number of homeless in our city, improve our roads, and bolster public safety,” said Leventhal. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work hard for every vote and deliver for the people of council District 5.”

The district, which stretches north along Interstate 15 from Scripps Ranch to the San Pasqual Valley, is currently represented by Mark Kersey, who is termed out.

Leventhal said he has already received endorsements from San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, San Diego County Board of Education Chair Mark Powell, retired San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Other candidates in the March 3 primary include Marine Corps veteran and public relations manager Patrick Batten, Deputy City Attorney Marni von Wilpert, technology entrepreneur Isaac Wang and city workplace safety specialist Gary Westerburg.

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Chris Jennewein

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