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PRESS RELEASE: Building and construction industry united in endorsement of DeMaio for mayor

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San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today scored three major endorsements for his mayoral campaign, from the leading organizations representing the local construction and building industry.

“I am pleased to have the support of our builders, contractors, and construction companies – and look forward to working with them to advance reform of city government to fix our city financial problems, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and get San Diegans back to work,” DeMaio said.

Building Industry Association

Founded 75 years ago, BIA is a non-profit trade association that supports one of the cornerstone industries of the San Diego economy. They represent 650 member companies and the 65,000 men and women who earn their livelihood in the residential and commercial building industry.

“We know that Carl DeMaio will end the financial crisis that has crippled our city and move us forward to a new era of prosperity. His Pathway to Prosperity is a comprehensive plan that addresses how the City of San Diego can encourage economic growth and job creation locally. With 40,000 construction workers unemployed in the San Diego and permit activity near historic lows, we need Carl’s leadership more than ever.”

- Borre Winkel, BIA Chairman and CEO

Associated General Contractors

AGC represents over 1,000 firms that are responsible for building the City’s infrastructure. Their members build and re-build schools, libraries, hospitals, police and fire stations, recreation centers, water and waste water systems, and the bridges, roads, and highways we drive on.

“Carl DeMaio is the only candidate who has the plan and the determination necessary to revive our local economy and put San Diegans back to work. As a businessman, Carl understands the challenges faced by both local businesses and the City. He’ll be able to make the most of every infrastructure dollar.”

– Dave Carlin, AGC President

Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego County represents merit shop contractors in the building and construction industry with advocacy, legal representation, education, and workforce development.

“This was an easy choice: Carl DeMaio is a businessman and taxpayer watchdog who knows how to make city government encourage job creation. San Diego needs to have a climate of prosperity and job growth.”

-Greg Rogers, ABC Chairman Emeritus