Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mayor of La Mesa, National City Councilmembers Endorse Shirley Weber for Assembly

SAN DIEGO – The Mayor of La Mesa, Art Madrid, and National City Council Members Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Mona Rios and Luis Natividad have endorsed Dr. Shirley Weber’s campaign to represent the 79th Assembly District.

La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, a Republican, said he sees Weber as a problem solver.

“Any candidate for public office should demonstrate an ability to address today’s issues in a way that mitigates those problems,” he said “Dr. Weber has a history of demonstrating these skills.”

Vice-Mayor of National City Alejandra Sotelo-Solis also offered praise for Weber.
“Shirley Weber’s got energy, experience from years of community service and an understanding of the 79th Assembly District,” she said. “She will bring all of these qualities to the job of serving the district and moving our communities forward”

Weber said the growing support from the local elected officials, including from Republicans is a reflection of shared priorities.

“The representatives of these communities know that I am committed policies that improve schools, grow the economy and generate good-paying jobs, Weber said. “And that I get results.”

“I am looking forward to working with them on issues that improve the economic health of their communities,” she said.

The newly-drawn 79th Assembly District encompasses five municipalities, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, National City and La Mesa.

With the addition of the endorsements of the La Mesa’s mayor and the majority of National City Council Members, Weber has now garnered support from elected officials spanning all five cities, including La Mesa City Council Member Dave Allen, Lemon Grove City Council Member George Gastil, San Diego City Council Members Marti Emerald, David Alvarez and Tony Young, and Chula Vista City Council Member Pamela Bensoussan.

Weber came in first place in the six person primary, winning over 30 percent of the overall vote. Over 57 percent of the overall vote went to Democratic candidates with just over 40 percent going to Republicans.

About Dr. Shirley Weber
Born to sharecroppers in Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of three. Educated in our state’s public schools, she received her BA, MA and PhD from UCLA by the time she was 26. A respected community advocate known for her work on closing the academic achievement gap for children of color, Dr. Weber is the former President of the San Diego School Board. She currently serves as the mayor’s appointee and Chair of the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission, and is a professor at SDSU. Dr. Weber has lived in the 79th Assembly District for over 30 years.

To learn more, visit http://www.drweber4assembly.com.


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