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As a woman elected official, I have always gone out of my way to support other qualified women and minorities running for office.  I’ve done that because I think it’s important that our elected leaders are as diverse as the electorate we represent.

As a woman, and a feminist, I think it is also important to send a message to others that women support men who share our goal for equality and equal protection under the law.  Men like Scott Peters.  Scott will fight for things that matter most to us: safe neighborhoods, a clean environment, good jobs that will support a family and respect for all people. 

Scott has a strong track record of supporting and promoting women who work with him.  Eight out of ten of the employees in his council office are women, including his chief of staff, director of legislative affairs and communications director.  He helped place women in other leadership positions at the city, including the city clerk and independent budget Analyst.

As the husband of a working mom, Scott understands the need for all people to balance their professional and personal lives.  He is a strong advocate for paid family leave and will fight to protect moms and dads against harassment in the workplace.

Scott fights to clean up our environment and our neighborhoods, making them safe places for us to live and play.  He helped put additional police officers on the street in his district, built new parks and improved existing ones and worked to prevent sewer spills and urban pollution that spoil our beaches and open space.

Scott is a leader.  Leaders fight to do the right thing and support the right causes. And they do it not by name calling, not by demonizing hard-working men and women who deserve to earn fair salaries and benefits and not by holding news conferences.  They lead by working with others to come up with solutions.

I know Scott will bring this same form of leadership to the City Attorney’s office.  I am proud to stand with dozens of other women, including State Senator Christine Kehoe, City Councilwoman Toni Atkins, San Diego Education Association President Camille Zombro and the many teachers, nurses, attorneys, mothers, sisters and daughters who support Scott.

I urge every San Diegan who cares about workers, who cares about neighborhoods and who cares about the future of our city to support Scott Peters for City Attorney.

 —DEDE ALPERT

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