Former state Assembly member and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday a campaign for county supervisor.
Fletcher, who lives in City Heights, is seeking the District 4 seat currently held by Ron Roberts, who is termed out.
“I’ve been listening to the people of this district and it’s clear they want a fresh approach on the Board of Supervisors,” said Fletcher in an email to supporters. “San Diego’s a great place to live, but we need action to tackle our neighborhoods’ urgent needs. To help working families struggling to make ends meet. To defend our basic values against Washington’s reckless threats.”
Fletcher was a counterintelligence specialist in the Marines and completed two combat tours in n Iraq, the Near East and the Horn of Africa. He then served two terms in the state Assembly before running for mayor of San Diego in 2012 and again in the special election of 2014 following Bob Filner’s resignation.
He teaches at UC San Diego and is married to state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher.
The supervisor race is officially nonpartisan, but Fletcher is a Democrat, though he began his political career as a Republican.
Omar Passons, an attorney who has worked in public health and community development, has also announced a bid for the seat, and former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been mentioned as a possible candidate.