Friday, January 17, 2014

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria Endorses David Alvarez for Mayor Citing Readiness to Lead, Shared Values

Backing comes after ambitious State of City agenda roll out – Gloria picks Alvarez as best to carry forward

SAN DIEGO, January 17, 2014 – Today San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced an enthusiastic endorsement of City Councilmember David Alvarez as San Diego’s next Mayor.

I am pleased to endorse David Alvarez to be our next mayor,” said Interim Mayor Gloria.

Gloria cited Alvarez’s experience on the City Council fighting for a strong economy and healthy neighborhoods for all of San Diego as the top reasons Alvarez is the best choice to lead as Mayor.

Gloria also highlighted his partnerships with Alvarez.

David Alvarez has been a valuable member of our City Council,” said Interim Mayor Gloria. “He and I have worked together to increase funding for affordable housing, update the Barrio Logan community plan, and passed the 2014 budget increasing vital city services.

Alvarez’s opponent opposed all three of these in the interests of his corporate downtown campaign funders.

With less than a month until San Diego’s Special Mayoral Election on February 11, Gloria’s State of the City Address Wednesday night included an ambitious agenda that he’s confident Alvarez will carry forward.

This week, I put forward a progressive vision for San Diego to be a great city.  It includes ending homelessness, increasing the minimum wage, aggressively funding infrastructure, and implementing a strong Climate Action Plan,” said Interim Mayor Gloria. “David Alvarez is the candidate in this race who shares my vision and who we can count on to make San Diego great.

Alvarez stated he’ll work hand in hand with Gloria to ensure these initiatives are successful and congratulated him on his hard work to pull San Diego out of crisis mode and put the City back on course.

I’m proud to have Interim Mayor Gloria’s support,” said Councilmember Alvarez. “I’m also excited about the path to prominence he laid out for San Diego and look forward to working with him on our shared vision.

Gloria’s endorsement was added to a list of dozens of respected elected, community, and business leaders committed to helping elect Alvarez as “a Mayor for All of Us.”

Gloria is travelling until next week, but was eager to release his endorsement. The two will make a joint appearance soon.

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