More endorsements announced in San Diego mayoral campaign

SAN DIEGO - More endorsements were announced Monday in the San Diego mayoral campaign, with ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher gaining backing from a small business organization and Councilman Kevin Faulconer winning support from a hotel group.

Fletcher's endorsement came from the California Small Business Association.

"We had the opportunity to work with Nathan for the four years he was in the Assembly, and he was the example of how an elected leader should work with constituents," said CSBA President Betty Jo Toccoli.

"He was always able to bring people together to get things done, and the result of that leadership was a better environment for small businesses and ultimately more jobs for Californians," she said.

Fletcher has previously been endorsed by unions representing the city's white-collar workers, firefighters and lifeguards, along with some clergy and leaders of minority groups, and Democratic elected officials.

Faulconer's endorsement by the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association is scheduled to be formally announced on Tuesday.

"Kevin Faulconer is a proven leader in San Diego and has been a champion of the hospitality industry long before he was elected as a city council member," said Jody Blackinton, HMA's board president.

"Whether advocating for Mission Bay, pushing for the expansion of the convention center or spearheading San Diego's Tourism Marketing District, Kevin has always recognized the hospitality industry's significant economic benefit to the citizens of San Diego," Blackinton said.

Faulconer has also been endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

So far, 38 people have filed paperwork signaling their intention to run for mayor in the Nov. 19 special election to replace Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace at the end of last month. The latest, filing Monday, was Alexis Allen.

The candidates have until Friday to turn in petitions with at least 200 valid signatures and a $500 filing fee.

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