Sources: Fiancee ends engagement to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

SAN DIEGO - Sources told 10News that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's fiancée has ended their engagement.

Filner introduced Bronwyn Ingram, 48, at his first news conference after winning the mayoral race last November as the "first lady of San Diego."

Ingram served as a disability analyst for the Social Security Administration, but when Filner took office, she was given the unique opportunity to have her own platform -- as an advocate for the homeless.

"There's been more done in the last six months than in the last 10 years," said Bob McElroy, the president of the Alpha Project, a nonprofit that has helped the homeless in San Diego for decades.

Amy Gonyeau, the chief operating officer for the Alpha Project, said "Well, we were super disappointed … We're hoping the momentum she caused will continue on and that will something we can count on to happen."

McElroy is close friends with Filner and Ingram and met for dinner just last week. He saw no sign of a troubled relationship.

"No, never," he told 10News. "We're always having fun."

McElroy exchanged emails with Ingram Monday morning.

"She's sad," he said. "She's really sad like anyone would be."

Ingram and Filner began dating in 2009 and were engaged since January 2012, sources told 10News. The couple were looking to wed later this year.

The marriage would have been Filner's third and Ingram's second.

10News obtained the following letter Ingram sent to her friends:

Dear friends,

With great sadness, I must inform you that I am unable to continue my efforts on behalf of the homeless population in San Diego. I am dissolving my volunteer organization, Team First Lady San Diego. I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of all of the TFLSD volunteers and I hope that you will continue performing the wonderful work that you do within your communities.

I have broken off my engagement to Bob Filner and ended our relationship. I have struggled with this decision as I really wanted to see the community projects we had initiated with such enthusiasm come to fruition. I am extremely disappointed and heartbroken, both for what Team First Lady could have accomplished, and for me, personally; however, this is the only action I can take given the devolvement of our personal relationship. I wish Bob the best and sincerely hope those who have worked so hard on behalf of Team First Lady will continue their efforts in the same spirit of generosity for the communities of San Diego.


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