March 24, 2006

Political Notes. . .

South Bay Forum Endorses Bob Filner 100%—over Vargas!

Latino Group says Filner has fought and delivered for San Diego South Bay area community!

The South Bay Forum  announced its endorsement of Congressman Bob Filner over termed out Assemblymember Juan Vargas for the 2006 primary race.  The South Bay Forum becomes the most recent local advocacy group to endorse the seven-term Congressman.

  “Bob has supported our issues, and we can rely on Bob 100% to support what we believe in—whether it’s social justice, education or healthcare, Bob is there, and he embodies what we at the South Bay Forum believe in,” said President Jose Preciado.  

  “I am honored to have received the South Bay Forum’s endorsement today—and I pledge to them that I will continue to be an aggressive advocate for creating jobs, opening access to education opportunities, and quality health care for all,” Congressman Filner said.


Atkin’s Endorses Barrera for Supervisor in race against Roberts

San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins formally endorsed Latino Labor leader Richard Barrera in his campaign for Supervisor against 12 year incumbent Republican Ron Roberts. Atkins, who had considered entering the race herself, said Barrera had the passion and drive need for position of Supervisor.

Barrera earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and his BA in History from the University of California at San Diego. For fourteen years, he worked nationally and in San Diego as a neighborhood organizer - first with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), then as President and Executive Director of the Consensus Organizing Institute (COI), which helped neighborhood residents build affordable housing and small businesses in their own communities, as well as develop skills as community leaders and organizers. Two years ago, Barrera became Director of Public Policy for the Service Employees International Union Local 434B, which represents over 200,000 homecare and nursing home workers throughout California.

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