This is a year to break glass ceilings and make history. Our ballots in San Diego County will include an abundance of women running for office: from Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, to San Diego City Attorney candidate Mara Elliott and many more running for state and local races.
Mara Elliott's campaign for City Attorney is a high priority race for San Diego County. City Attorney is an important office with substantial influence over the entire region.
Mara is a strong, qualified candidate who placed second in a highly contested primary election against three Democratic candidates and one Republican. Together Democrats garnered 70% of the vote. Mara will face a formidable challenger in November. Her opponent will have the financial support of the Republican Lincoln Club and powerful special interests seeking favors. She will need all our support in her citywide campaign to become the first woman ever elected as City Attorney in San Diego.
Mara grew up in a working class family and was the first person in her family to attend college. Her mother grew up in Mexico and her father was union dockworker. Mara paid her way through law school and commands respect for her distinguished career in civic law. She has worked for over twenty years for cities, counties, school districts and public transit districts. Today, she is the Chief Deputy City Attorney for San Diego, and handles complex issues from environmental regulation to financial audits and domestic violence. She is married and has two sons.
Mara ran on the principle that a city attorney works for the good of the city, and politics should be left for politicians. Because she works as a Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mara knows the job inside and out and is prepared to hit the ground running. Mara has the endorsement of the Deputy City Attorneys Association. In addition to advising city councilmembers and assuring that the city is well represented on all legal matters, Mara envisions improving services, saving taxpayer dollars, increasing safety in our neighborhoods, and prosecuting illegal polluters.
Mara is one of many women on ballots around the county. Others running are Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins for State Senate; Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Dr. Shirley Weber; Catherine Blakespear for Mayor of Encinitas; and City Council candidates Cori Schumacher in Carlsbad, Sherryl Parks in Del Mar, Stephanie Harper in El Cajon, Tasha Boehner Horvath in Encinitas, Olga Diaz in Escondido, Dr. Linda Gonzalez and Esther Sanchez in Oceanside, Barbara Bry and Georgette Gomez in San Diego, and Lesa Heebner in Solana Beach.
When Mara is elected as the first female City Attorney, she will join these women who have blazed trails in the San Diego political landscape:
- Senator Lucy Killea, the first politician to be punished for her political views when Bishop Maher publicly prohibited her from receiving communion because she was pro-choice;
- Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, first woman elected to Congress south of Los Angeles County;
- Senator Christine Kehoe, the first openly gay candidate elected to the San Diego City Council;
- Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, the first San Diegan and Lesbian elected as Assembly Speaker;
- Mayor Mary Salas, the first Latina elected to serve on the Chula Vista City Council and as Mayor;
- Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber, the first African American elected to the state assembly from south of Los Angeles County;
- Congresswoman Susan Davis, the longest serving Democrat in San Diego County, after 32 years in public office.
Let's add Mara Elliott to this distinguished list! Please join Mara's campaign and support her with a contribution today.