Congressional candidate also touts support from Latinos

By Chris Cadelago

February 9, 2012

Democrat Scott Peters this week announced a flurry of endorsements from elected officials and the California Teachers Association as he works to bounce Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray in the 52nd district.

Peters, a port commissioner who previously served as president of the San Diego City Council, is facing an intraparty challenge from former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña. Also in the race are Republicans Wayne Iverson and John Stahl.

“I have a track record of standing up for what’s right, for working people, for kids and families. I will always put our schools and children first,” Peters said in a prepared statement. “It’s a particular honor to have the support of the men and women who are on the front lines of public education. I have incredible respect for them and am grateful for their support.”

The association represents 325,000 teachers, counselors, librarians, social workers, psychologists and nurses in K-12 school systems.

Peters’ campaign manager said the endorsement was particularly significant because Saldaña is a longtime educator. It remains unclear what role, if any, the statewide union will play in the congressional race.

On Thursday, Peters further sought to demonstrate his support among current and former officeholders who are Latino, announcing endorsements from San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, Assemblyman Ben Hueso, former Assemblywoman Mary Salas and Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda.

The Chicano Democratic Association also said it was backing Peters.

“All of these Latino leaders share my passion to change our representation in Congress,” Peters said. “They have worked with both Democratic candidates in this race, and they are backing me because they believe I am the one who can get the job done.”