Assemblyman Todd Gloria expresses gratitude for mayor endorsement shortly after results were announced Aug. 13 at the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting.
Assemblyman Todd Gloria expresses gratitude for his endorsement by the San Diego County Democratic Party central committee. Photo by Ken Stone

Assemblymember Todd Gloria has picked up endorsements in the past week from three of San Diego’s largest union locals and a national LGBTQ organization in his race to become San Diego’s mayor.

Last Friday, SEIU Local 221, SEIU-USWW, and SEIU Local 1000 all endorsed his campaign. Local 221 is the largest union for county employees. SEIU-USWW represents more than 45,000 janitors, security officers and airport service workers throughout California. Local 1000 is the largest public sector union in California representing state government workers.

“This endorsement from SEIU helps underline that our campaign will deliver for working people in this community, and I am grateful for their support,” said Gloria.

Then on Thursday, the LGBTQ Victory Fund — the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office — announced it is endorsing Gloria, who could be the first openly gay person to be elected mayor of San Diego.

“Todd is an exceptional public servant with a long record of improving the lives of his constituents — and that experience will be invaluable when he is elected mayor in 2020,” said former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is president and CEO of the Washington, DC-based fund. “From clean water to traffic congestion to civil rights enforcement, big city mayors impact the lives of residents in ways no other elected position does.”

“It is Todd’s lived experience as an openly gay man and a person of color that will shape his inclusive and values-driven approach to tackling those big issues, and as mayor he will ensure that no residents are left behind,” she added.

Gloria faces City Councilwoman Barbara Bry in the March 3 primary.

Chris Jennewein

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