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(San Diego, CA – August 8, 2008) – Attorney Lee Burdick today endorsed Judge Jan Goldsmith for San Diego City Attorney. Goldsmith faces incumbent Michael Aguirre in the November general election. Burdick was an early candidate against Aguirre, but she dropped out of the race before the June primary. Ms. Burdick currently is a partner with the San Diego law firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack. “I am a proud and life-long Democrat,” said Burdick. “I believe our party stands for a number of very important principles, including equality and justice. These principles are far more important to me than my party affiliation on any particular issue or office. “When a government official has politicized and abused an elected office – as Mike Aguirre has done to the City Attorney’s Office in San Diego – my principles compel me to look outside my party for someone whose values reflect my own on these issues. Jan Goldsmith is the City Attorney candidate who understands the importance of these values in running the Office of City Attorney. Consequently, Jan has my unequivocal support for his candidacy for San Diego City Attorney.” “Lee understands the law and how it should be administered by the City Attorney,” said Goldsmith. “I am proud to have her endorsement.” Judge Goldsmith also has been endorsed by City Councilmembers Ben Hueso and Scott Peters, Barrio Logan community leader Rachael Ortiz, Andrew Jones, president of the Deputy City Attorneys Association, former state senator Dede Alpert, former state senator Waddie Deddeh, the San Diego Police Officers Association, San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145, the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, the Retired Fire & Police Association of San Diego, Inc., and the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.
Judge Goldsmith was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court in December 1998. In addition to his duties on the bench, he has taught as adjunct professor of law at all three of San Diego’s law schools. His classes covered aspects of municipal governance and prosecution of political crimes. Prior to his appointment, Judge Goldsmith served three terms in the California State Assembly, representing a district that included northern San Diego City stretching from Mira Mesa to the Escondido border. He also served as mayor of the City of Poway. Judge Goldsmith graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1976. His area of private law practice was civil business litigation. Jan Goldsmith and his wife of 33 years, Christine, have lived 34 years in San Diego and have raised three children, now ages 27, 24 and 19.


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