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Lori Saldaña enters race for Board of Supervisors

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Former member of the California State Assembly, Lori Saldaña (D), has announced that she is running for an open seat in the San Diego Board of Supervisors, District 4.  

She is the fourth Democrat to enter the race.

Saldaña, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, has been discussing her plans to run for months and on Friday she filed an intentions statement with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

An Advocate for environmental legislation, she also ran for mayor as an independent in 2016, however, she lost to incumbent Kevin Faulconer in the primary, but came in second. After that loss, she became a Democrat once again.

Her main focus as of late has been the recent San Diego outbreak of hepatitis A.

“People are not getting the support and the healthcare that they need, and it’s going to turn out very badly,” Saldaña said. “It has literally taken 16 deaths and hundreds of cases, and probably hundreds more to come because of the nature of this disease.”

Also vying for the open seat is former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Omar Passons and Ken Malbrough, all Democrats. On the Republican side are former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and real estate advisor Marcia Nordstrom.

In District 4, Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

Along with the recent hepatitis A outbreak, Saldaña would also like to address the homeless problem. She says there are many issues to look at including employment, transportation, and state resources to create more affordable housing.

Born in San Diego in 1958, Saldaña is the daughter of Frank Saldaña, who was a Marine Corp veteran and a reporter for the Evening Tribune.

Saldaña grew up in San Diego’s Clairmont area. 

She has both a bachelor's and master's degree from San Diego State University and currently teaches at San Diego Community College.

Ron Roberts has met his term limits and is leaving his position as Supervisor after more than two decades.