Group of current, former state legislators endorse Nathan Fletcher for San Diego mayor

Group consists of 18 Democrats

SAN DIEGO - A group of current and former state legislators threw their support Tuesday behind onetime Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's San Diego mayoral bid.

The endorsements came hours after a poll was released showing Fletcher in the lead ahead of the Nov. 19 special election (read story:

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, represented the coalition of 18 Democrats supporting Fletcher's candidacy.

"As his former Assembly colleague, I saw how Nathan had the ability to bring Democrats and Republicans together to get bills that were important to San Diegans passed through the legislature," said Hueso, whose district covers southern San Diego. "I'm confident Nathan has what it takes to get our neighborhood services working for the people and to bring more good jobs to the region."

Sen. Marty Block, D-Lemon Grove, and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, also are backing Fletcher, who left the Republican Party during last year's mayoral campaign to become an independent. He subsequently re-registered as a Democrat.

Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, are also part of the coalition.

On Wednesday, the county Registrar of Voters office is expected to announce which of the 19 candidates collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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