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For Immediate Release October 16, 2013
Faulconer Earns Latino American Political Association Endorsement
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 16, 2013) --- The Latino American Political Association (LAPA) Tuesday night endorsed San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer for Mayor of San Diego. Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher and Kevin Faulconer all received consideration. They were each invited to the October 1st mayoral forum sponsored by LAPA to share their vision for San Diego with LAPA members and the Latino Police Officers Association, members of the District Attorney’s office and the Mexican American Business & Professional organization. All four candidates accepted the invitation, but Fletcher did not attend. The crowd had a robust exchange of questions and answers during the forum, which gave each candidate an opportunity to highlight their experience and qualifications to become mayor. LAPA, whose mission is to promote leadership and unity in the Latino community and increase Latino participation in the political process and representation in government, was particularly concerned with issues affecting the San Diego Hispanic community. Jobs, displacement of homes due to commercial and industrial growth, neighborhood safety and the early release of prisoners into neighborhoods topped the list of concerns expressed to the mayoral candidates. After reviewing and discussing the exchanges at the forum, membership overwhelmingly voted last night to endorse Kevin Faulconer. Tony Rodriquez, an Independent, said: “I really liked Faulconer’s response to the red tape on building permits. He demonstrated an understanding of the difficulty in obtaining a permit from the City and I liked his approach to streamlining the process and cutting through all the unnecessary red tape. He understands the problem and has a solution.” A democrat, who preferred not to be identified, said: “I’m concerned about retaining San Diego police officers when neighboring cities lure our officers away with signing bonuses. I like that Kevin developed a recruitment and retention plan for our police department lon g before this special election.” (applause) Jordan Gascon, a DTS, said: “Kevin demonstrated the greatest knowledge and concern for the Hispanic community, recognizing many Hispanics are small business owners.” Ed Cervantes, a Republican, said: “Aguirre and Alvarez dismissed budget cuts to the City Attorney’s office and Police Department as having no impact on the quality of life i n San Diego. The police department’s school truancy task force has been eliminated and this has had a great impact on our schools. Kevin is the only candidate that recognized the negative impact of recent city budget cuts.” (applause)
While Faulconer was the only non-Hispanic candidate, LAPA membership feels he demonstrated the greatest ability to promote benefits for the Hispanic community in line with the mission of LAPA. Learn more about LAPA, a non-partisan organization, at www.lapasd.com ###