San Diego City Council candidate Raul Campillo speaks to union workers at a car rally downtown on Election Day. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo was selected as one of 20 elected officials from across the country to join a prestigious Democratic leadership program.

Campillo, a Harvard-trained lawyer who was elected last November to succeed Scott Sherman, will participate in the decade-old NewDEAL program, whose name is an acronym for “developing exceptional American leaders.”

The 20 participants this year were chosen from more than 1,650 nominations. The group will support each other in addressing the challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 by innovating, convening virtually, and sharing good ideas.

“We are in a unique moment for state and local leaders as we must find solutions for the urgent challenges created by COVID-19 while not losing focus on longer-term issues that will continue to affect the economic security of San Diego and other communities for decades to come,” said Campillo.

“I look forward to sharing lessons with and learning from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance, and I am excited to be part of NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunities for Americans in communities nationwide,” he added.

NewDEAL said Campillo and his peers were recognized for “their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity as they work to build back better in their communities and reject the idea that policymakers can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era.”

The participants will gather in Washington Nov. 17-19 for the annual leaders conference to discuss a forward-looking agenda for state and local Democrats and address crises around public health, the economy, racial equity and climate change.

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Chris Jennewein

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