Dr. Akilah Weber
Dr. Akilah Weber. Campaign photo

California Senate President Toni Atkins announced Wednesday her endorsement of Dr. Akilah Weber in the special election to succeed her mother, Dr. Shirley Weber, in the 79th Assembly District.

The position will soon be vacant because of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of the elder Weber as Secretary of State to succeed Alex Padilla.

Atkins noted the young Weber’s experience as a physician and surgeon, and her public service since 2018 as a La Mesa city councilmember.

“Right now, California needs Dr. Weber’s leadership and her understanding of the complex public health and economic challenges we face,” said Atkins. “I’m proud to join with leaders from throughout San Diego County in supporting Dr. Akilah Weber for state Assembly in this important special election.”

Weber is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who founded the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital. She also leads the adolescent gynecology program at UC San Diego Health, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSD. Weber, and her husband, Dennis, live in La Mesa, with their two sons.

The date of the special election has not been set, but is expected to be sometime in March. Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar recently announced that he would not oppose Weber in the race.

The 79th Assembly District stretches from Linda Vista to Otay Mesa and includes Santee, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.

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Chris Jennewein

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