Ammar Campa-Najjar speaks to the media and protesters outside the federal courthouse after Duncan Hunter arraignment in August.
Ammar Campa-Najjar. Photo by Chris Stone

The union representing Chula Vista firefighters announced Friday its endorsement of Ammar Campa-Najjar for mayor of the county’s second largest city.

IAFF Local 2180 is the fifth organized labor group to back Campa-Najjar, a Democrat who in 2020 ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 50th District against Darrell Issa, a Republican.

“Campa-Najjar has earned the full support of our firefighters and we look forward to continuing our exceptional life-saving services with a fresh, bold, and visionary mayor,” said Darrell Roberts, president of the local.

The candidate said he was “honored to have the trust and endorsement of Chula Vista firefighters” and vowed that as mayor “public safety will be my foremost responsibility.”

Campa-Najjar is a third-generation Chula Vistan who graduated from Eastlake High School,, attended Southwestern College and went on to earn a degree from San Diego State University before serving in the Obama administration.

There are five other candidates for mayor in the June 7 primary, including Councilmembers Jill Galvez and John McCann, former Councilmember Rudy Ramirez, Southwestern College administrator Zaneta Encarnacion, and retired Army officer Spencer Cash.

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Chris Jennewein

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