Todd Gloria addresses the Assembly
Assemblymember Todd Gloria addresses the state Assembly. Image from Capitol video

The union representing San Diego’s 1,800 sworn police officers on Monday endorsed Assemblymember Todd Gloria in the race for mayor in 2020.

The San Diego Police Officers Association is the third major public employees union to endorse Gloria, following San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 and the San Diego Municipal Employees Association.

“During the entirety of his time in public service, Todd Gloria has remained committed to public safety and protecting San Diego neighborhoods. As a city councilmember, interim mayor, and assemblymember, Todd has never wavered from his commitment to both strengthening community trust and ensuring our department has the resources necessary to keep San Diego communities safe,” said Jack Shaeffer, president of the police union.

“He has the experience, temperament, and willingness to serve as a bridge between our department and the neighborhoods we serve, and we are proud to endorse him as our next mayor,” added Shaeffer.

After the endorsement, Gloria vowed that “keeping our neighborhoods safe will always be my top priority” and noted that “from police recruitment and retention to rebuilding community trust with law enforcement, we have a lot of work to do.”

Gloria faces City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and social justice activist Tasha Williamson in the March 3 primary.

Chris Jennewein

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