FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2011
“We’ve had enough of the gridlock and blame game. It’s time to get something done. It’s time for a change.”
San Diego, October 17, 2011 – Civic leader Scott Peters today announced he will run for Congress so residents of the new 52nd District can send an independent, experienced problem solver to represent them in Washington. He believes his thoughtful, consensus-building style is what is needed to help get Congress back on track.
“Some of our Representatives have worked within the Washington D.C. Beltway for so long, they’ve forgotten they work for the people back home,” said Peters. “I will bring an independent, problem-solving approach to Washington to help end the gridlock that’s hamstrung our current Congress.”
“The American people, especially San Diegans, don’t care as much about party politics as they care about their jobs, quality of life and their children’s futures. They are embarrassed and worried that our national representatives can’t put personal politics aside and put the people they represent first,” he added.
“The unrelenting partisanship in Congress has put our economy at even greater risk at a time when families already face unemployment and uncertainty at levels most have never experienced” he said. “We deserve better.”
His priorities will be to create much-needed jobs in our area, to develop an energy policy that reduces dependence on foreign oil, to keep our commitments to veterans and their families, and to end the irresponsible patterns of spending that created a skyrocketing national debt.
Peters is a common-sense Democrat whose elected and volunteer service has focused on creating jobs and protecting our environment and quality of life. He formerly served as San Diego’s first City Council President and currently is the volunteer chair of the San Diego Unified Port District, a major economic engine for the region. The Port produces $3.3 billion in direct economic impact and supports jobs for more than 40,000 San Diegans. These include maritime and working waterfront jobs such as shipbuilding and manufacturing that pay average salaries of $52,000 and $59,000 respectively. [Source: San Diego Unified Port District Fact Sheet]
As a member of the San Diego City Council, Peters worked to support small businesses and redevelopment projects such as the construction of PETCO Park, which resulted in $1.3 billion in new direct spending and more than 19,000 San Diego jobs. [Source: San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) PETCO Park Economic Impact Study, 2010]
He also has traveled to Washington for the past several years with the EDC and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to secure funds to support and improve public facilities in San Diego. He led the effort to fix the city’s ailing sewer system, which resulted in a more than 80 percent reduction in sewer spills and beach closures at San Diego beaches. And he helped finally complete Highway 56, after decades of delay.
Reflecting on his background and passion for public service, Peters said his parents taught by example. His father is a retired Lutheran minister who worked for housing desegregation and improved race relations in Detroit where Peters grew up at a time when tensions of over civil rights were at their peak.
“I learned from my parents that each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to help others, to make a difference, and to stand up for what’s right even when it’s not easy,” Peters said. “This country has given me so much – a great public education, a beautiful community and tremendous freedom and opportunity. I want to give back. I want our kids and grandkids to have the same, and I think I have something to offer,” he said.
“As I’ve told my children, the only time you lose, is when you don’t try. I think the time is right for San Diegans to have new representation in Washington,” he said.
A 22-year resident of the 52nd District, Peters’ reasonable, deliberate style of leadership matches its electorate. Almost all of San Diego City Council District One, which Peters represented for eight years, and much of the San Diego Bay tidelands overseen by the San Diego Port District, are located within the new 52nd Congressional District.