Joe Leventhal
Joe Leventhal. Campaign photo

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday announced his endorsement of former San Diego City Ethics Commissioner Joe Leventhal for City Council, District 5.

“I’m endorsing Joe Leventhal for City Council because he is an effective leader that will get results for San Diego,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Voters can count on Joe to fight for fiscal reform, keep government accountable to the public, and provide real solutions to our homelessness crisis.”

Faulconer served on the San Diego City Council before he was elected mayor in 2014, making San Diego the largest city in the United States with a Republican mayor. Faulconer’s agenda of fiscal responsibility, job creation, and common-sense governance has earned him a reputation for getting things done for the city of San Diego.

“I am proud to have Mayor Faulconer’s endorsement and support. Mayor Faulconer has been a tireless advocate for government reform and has been a leader in our state in addressing the homeless crisis. I will continue to advance these priorities as your next City Councilman,” said Joe Leventhal.

Leventhal has already been endorsed by San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey, retired San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, homeless advocate Father Joe Carroll, San Diego County Board of Education Vice President Mark Powell, San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman, the San Diego Asian Americans for Equality, and the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, among others.

Once elected to the San Diego City Council, he will prioritize solutions to reduce homelessness, enhance public safety, and expand road repairs. He believes that bold, collaborative leadership, as he’s demonstrated throughout his life, is the best way to approach San Diego’s persistent challenges.

The 5th 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. The District’s registration is nearly evenly split between Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

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.

To learn more about Joe and his campaign for City Council, District 5, visit