San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey Tuesday endorsed attorney and former city Ethics Commission member Joe Leventhal to succeed him in representing the 5th District.
Kersey was first elected to the council in 2012 and cannot run for a third term next year due to term limits. Kersey served much of his two terms on the technically nonpartisan council as a Republican before changing his registration to Independent in April.
Since joining the race last month, Leventhal has garnered endorsements from several other local conservatives such as San Diego County Supervisors Jim Desmond and Dianne Jacob and retired San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
Leventhal has stressed his plan to focus on finding solutions to homelessness, increasing public safety and hastening road repairs, if elected to the council.
“Joe Leventhal is the kind of bold leader that San Diego needs to bring real solutions to the table,” Kersey said. “I trust that Joe will serve the people of District 5 with integrity, and I look forward to seeing him build on our substantial progress on critical issues like homelessness, road repair and fiscal reform as a member of the City Council.”
Leventhal and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Patrick Batten are the two Republicans in the five-candidate race.
Deputy City Attorney Marni Von Wilpert led all candidates in fundraising during the first half of the year, with $57,000. Fellow Democrats Isaac Wang, a technology entrepreneur, and Gary Westerberg, a workplace safety expert, are also in the race.
“I am proud to have not only the endorsement of Councilman Mark Kersey, but also his guidance on how I can best serve District 5 and the people of San Diego once I get to City Hall,” Leventhal said.
City Council District 5 includes northern parts of the city like Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Torrey Highlands and San Pasqual.
–City News Service
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