Rafael Castellanos. File photo

The first day of October was full of endorsements for candidates in the March 3 primary in races ranging from County Supervisor to San Diego City Council.

Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos picked up the endorsement of Chula Vista Mayor Mayor Salas in his campaign for county supervisor in District 1.

“Rafael Castellanos will bring change to the Board of Supervisors and stand up for South Bay families. Rafael has delivered as Port Commissioner — creating jobs, cleaning up pollution and reducing homelessness — and he has what it takes to build a better, brighter future for our community,” said Salas. “I look forward to working with Rafael to help Chula Vista, and all of South Bay, grow and thrive.”

Last week, Salas endorsed City Councilmember Georgette Gómez in the race for the 53rd Congressional District. Gómez faces policy analyst Sara Jacobs, Navy veteran Jose Caballero, and community organizer Joaquin Vazquez in the primary for the seat now held by retiring Rep. Susan Davis.

Mayoral candidate Todd Gloria was endorsed by Rep. Scott Peters, who was himself at one time a potential candidate for the office in 2020.

“I’m endorsing Todd Gloria because San Diego needs a mayor who can look forward with both optimism and pragmatism, one who is willing to seek consensus, and do the right thing even when it’s the tough thing,” Peters said. “From the housing crisis to climate action, he puts forward real solutions and is willing to push the change needed to move San Diego forward. I look forward to working with Todd as our next Mayor.”

Gloria, who is in his second term in the state Assembly, faces City Councilwoman Barbra Bry and social activist Tasha Williamson.

Joe Leventhal was endorsed by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob in the race for District 5 on the San Diego City Council. 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.

“I’m endorsing Joe Leventhal for City Council because I’m confident that he will serve the people of San Diego with integrity,” said Jacob. “Joe will fight for a balanced approach to the issues that impact our community every day. He will protect San Diego taxpayers by advocating for fiscal responsibility.”

Leventhal, an attorney and former Ethics Commissioner for the city, faces 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.