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The Republican Party of San Diego announced late last night that it had endorsed Judge Jan Goldsmith in the race for San Diego city attorney.

The endorsement lends the party’s name and fundraising prowess to Goldsmith in what is sure to be a heated election. A former state assemblyman and Poway mayor, Goldsmith was able to do something that incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre couldn’t — wrap up his party’s early endorsement.

Last month, the local Democratic Party chose not to lend Aguirre its early endorsement. With the parties’ endorsements come hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash — a vital instrument in close races.

The Republican Party unanimously voted for Goldsmith. William Gentry, a deputy district attorney and military veteran, is the only other Republican in the race.

GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric had this to say in the party’s press release:

Judge Goldsmith is exactly the kind of City Attorney that San Diego needs. Someone with a well-earned reputation for independence and integrity. His experience, competence and thoughtful demeanor are critical attributes important to our city in these complex and difficult times.

Last month, Goldsmith took a leave of absence from the bench and announced his intention to move from Coronado to Little Italy in order to qualify for the ballot.

Attorneys Lee Burdick and Dan Coffey are challenging Aguirre from the Democratic side.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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