SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Congressional candidate Scott Peters said Thursday he was "proud and honored" to have won the endorsement of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.
The union umbrella organization late Wednesday announced it was endorsing Peters for his bid to unseat Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, for mayor. It also endorsed two City Council candidates.
"Too many people across America are struggling to make ends meet, and these men and women have said they believe I'm the best candidate to help make a difference," Peters said in a statement. "It means a lot to me and I'm grateful."
Peters is a former San Diego city councilman and now is the chairman of the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners. Peters, whose opponents in the June 5 primary include former state legislator Lori Saldana, also announced the endorsement of the Chicano Democratic Association of San Diego.
In the Labor Council statement, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO Lorena Gonzalez called Peters a "problem-solver who knows how to create good, middle-class jobs."
The council not only endorsed Filner for mayor, but gave its backing to Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who is shifting to the newly created Ninth District, and council candidate Mathew Kostrinsky in the Seventh District.
"Congressman Filner is hands-down, the best choice for hardworking folks in San Diego -- both union and non-union," Gonzalez said. "He'll put an end to the ideological war on workers that has come from extreme right-wing politicians, and focus on putting our city back to work."
To be endorsed by the Labor Council, candidates must gain the support of two-thirds of the unions and delegates, according to Gonzalez. Filner is the only major Democratic candidate in the race. His top challengers include Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego.
Emerald is currently unopposed in the added district, which runs from near San Diego State University through City Heights to Southcrest. Kostrinsky is up against Scott Sherman, who has received backing from Republicans for the district that covers Del Cerro, Mission Valley, San Carlos and Tierrasanta.
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