Joe Leventhal. Campaign photo

The Republican Party of San Diego County endorsed attorney and former city ethics commissioner Joe Leventhal on Monday for the District 5 seat on the San Diego City Council.

“Joe has proven himself to be a hardworking, effective candidate,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the county party. “I am confident that he will be an advocate for San Diego’s taxpayers by advancing strong fiscal reform and accountability on the City Council. I urge my fellow Republicans to join me in supporting Joe Leventhal for City Council.”

Leventhal’s campaign to succeed term-limited Councilman Mark Kersey reported raising over $120,000 and has picked up endorsements from San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and retired Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman.

“The endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County is an important milestone for our campaign,” said Leventhal. “This endorsement affirms that our message of common-sense governance is building momentum in all corners of the district.”

The district includes the communities of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Miramar Ranch and Torrey Highlands.

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.