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Political Update with VIDEO: City Council candidates join the campaign trail, and a mayoral candidate is met with protest

SAN DIEGO -- Mayoral candidates campaigning throughout San Diego will soon be joined by candidates seeking to be elected, or re-elected, for City Council.

District Three Councilmember Todd Gloria will kick off his re-election campaign on Wednesday, June 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the home of Michael Weiss, located at 1041 Cypress Ave. in Hillcrest.

"I am proud of the work we have done together in my first term on the City Council and look forward to making District 3 an even better place for our citizens," Gloria said. "Although the election is still almost a year away, I will be working hard to win this election. My most important goal will continue to be providing District 3 with the high level of service it deserves!"

Mark Kersey, the Rancho Bernardo resident who is founder of Kersey Strategies, wants to take the City Council seat held by Councilmember Carl DeMaio, who is running for mayor. Kersey has already gained the support of state Sens. Joel Anderson and Mark Wyland, who both represent portions of the District Five City Council district in the state Senate.

"San Diegans need Mark Kersey because he is deeply committed to reforming city government and is passionate about restoring neighborhood services," Anderson said.

Wyland added, “I’m supporting Mark because I know that he is committed to real reform at city hall. Fifth District residents can count on Mark to always do what’s right for their community. I trust him – we need more people like him in office.”

Mayoral race

City Councilmember Carl DeMaio continues his aggressive campaigning, and will be hosting another fundraiser tonight from 6 to 7:30 at Eden in Hillcrest. He has also reached a milestone -- the support of over 1,400 individuals in the first 14 days of his campaign.

"As other candidates curry favor with entrenched politicians, government labor unions, and special interests, I’m seeking support from the people who really count: rank-and-file San Diegans,” DeMaio said. Watch his full statement below:

The endorsements from fellow politicians and city officials continue to add up for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, of San Diego, are two of her most recent endorsements.

"Bonnie is the only candidate with the executive management skills and leadership to keep San Diego moving in the right direction," Gore said. "As Sheriff, I've worked with her on some of the toughest criminal cases we've handled in the past eight years. Bonnie isn't afraid to make the tough choices and hold people accountable. At the same time, she's shown great compassion and extraordinary dedication to victims' rights. She also has the ability to bring people to the table, build consensus and get things done."

"Bonnie is the first woman elected as District Attorney in San Diego. I know she will bring that kind of trailblazing spirit to the Mayor's office where she will fight for critical pension reform and keep San Diego moving in the right direction for all of us," Schenk said. "I have known Bonnie for over 25 years. She is tough yet compassionate, collaborative yet decisive, smart and strategic, and blessed with an abundance of 'feet on the ground' common sense. She is the leader our city needs!"

Other endorsements from Democrats include San Diego Port Commissioner and Downtown Partnership President Laurie Black; Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts; and Lemon Grove Mayor and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board member Mary Sessoms.

Dumanis will likely be surrounded by such supporters when she kicks off her campaign on Tuesday, June 28, at the Electra Building, but outside the facility the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is planning a protest. Upset over what ASA organizers call Dumanis' fierce fight against medical marijuana, protesters plan to stand outside the building from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, kicking off the group's "No Dumanis" campaign.

Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, much like DeMaio, continues to highlight endorsements from San Diego residents, and spent the weekend fundraising in La Jolla and Scripps Ranch. His next event will take place next week, and Fletcher's Racing Team is still seeking supporters to march with him at the Scripps Ranch 41st annual 4th of July Parade, from 9:15 to 11:30 am.

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