Council President Scott Peters just told me that city attorney candidate Jan Goldsmith promised him he has left partisan politics behind and will run an apolitical City Attorney’s Office.

I spoke to Peters as he took a brief break from performing jury duty downtown. I quizzed the Democrat on his support of Goldsmith, who previously served as a Republican state legislator. Can Goldsmith leave his Republican history behind him? I asked Peters.

“That’s what he’s promised me and over time I’ve come to believe him,” Peters said.

Peters said he came to the decision to endorse Goldsmith after talking at length with the candidate. He eventually decided it would be appropriate for him to take a stand on the city attorney’s race, which will be decided in November.

Peters said his support of Goldsmith was based on the former legislators’ abilities, not on any desire to attack incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre, a long-time political nemesis of his.

“It’s not about bashing Mike,” Peters said. “I’m over that.”

WILL CARLESS

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