DATE: October 15, 2012

CONTACT: MaryAnne Pintar, 619-252-9923

Katz is the 4th former SD Regional Chamber Chair
to Back Peters Over Bilbray

San Diego – The Scott Peters for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of yet another prominent Republican business leader: Mel Katz. Katz is a highly regarded civic leader and philanthropist and the fourth former Chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to back Peters in the race for the newly drawn 52ndCongressional District.  

Katz said he is endorsing Peters over Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray because of Peters’ proven ability to lead and move San Diego forward.

“As San Diego City Council President and Port Commissioner, Scott Peters has a record of accomplishment, growing our economy by breaking through tough gridlock on important civic projects that have generated tens of millions of dollars for the region’s economy and created thousands of good-paying jobs,” stated Katz.

“Our country faces many challenges. San Diegans needs a leader who will put aside partisanship bickering to deliver results,” said Katz. “I have worked with Scott for years and have watched him tackle the tough issues. While we are members of different parties, he has always come to the table with a willingness to work together.”

As co-owner and executive officer of Manpower of San Diego, the top Manpower franchise in the nation, Katz is a prominent business leader in San Diego. An advocate for child literacy and education, Katz has been a leading force on important civic projects like San Diego’s new main library.

Katz is currently a second-term trustee on the University of California San Diego Foundation board and serves on three committees in this capacity: Stewardship, Development and Audit. He is a former Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Library Commission, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Katz endorsement adds to Peters’ growing list of bipartisan supporters including Independent State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Republican Malin Burnham, and three other former Chamber of Commerce Chairs.

“Mel is a tireless advocate and philanthropist for San Diego; we’re lucky to have him and I’m honored to have earned his endorsement,” said Peters.

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