Over the past few months I’ve been having conversations with friends, leaders, and community members about who could run for mayor and stand up for our communities.

Leading up to the democratic convention, we all watched with disappointment as our leaders declared their candidacy for other offices. The conversations became more difficult and I could see people beginning to feel hopeless. In a few of these conversations, my close friends and colleagues suggested I have strong leadership qualities and might be the person we were looking for. As I was sitting in the audience at the convention listening to our members and leaders, I became inspired to take action.

I decided in that moment that I could be the spark, represent our values, and speak up for our communities. As the last of the candidates was addressing the audience, I took a deep breath, approached the podium, and announced that I am running for Mayor.

I am thankful for the outpouring of support and affirmation of trust from friends, family, and community members to be their candidate.

I am committed to the values that are important to us, and I’m excited to share my vision for a better San Diego that will build bridges of opportunity for all. I look forward to continuing working with you to build the stronger city we all deserve.

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