Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom endorses Nathan Fletcher for San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO - Ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's mayoral campaign got a boost Friday with an endorsement from Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom, campaign officials announced.

Newsom's endorsement came one day after the San Diego Police Officers Association announced it was backing Fletcher, and three days after State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced he was backing Fletcher.

"I am proud to endorse Nathan Fletcher to become the next mayor of San Diego. Nathan has demonstrated the ability to bring people together to move San Diego forward and has put in the hard work to be effective and create results," Newsom said. "When it comes to fixing streets and sidewalks, or improving 911 response times, Nathan Fletcher is the right person for the job."

"I'm honored to have the support of Lt. Gov. Newsom, who, as the former San Francisco mayor, knows the importance of basic city services," Fletcher said. "I'm also happy to add another leading California Democrat as a supporter in my campaign for mayor of San Diego."

Fletcher was also scheduled to be endorsed Friday by about a dozen local veterans, including Jack Harkins, who chairs the United Veterans Council of San Diego County, and Bill Rider, who co-founded American Combat Veterans of War, according to Fletcher's campaign.

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