District 3 City Councilwoman Toni Atkins has chosen the candidate she wants as her replacement: Todd Gloria.

The sitting councilwoman, who must relinquish her seat after eight years because of term limits, said in a statement released late Wednesday by the Gloria campaign that he is the “is the best choice to continue the community improvements I have worked on: safer streets, better community services and a City Council that listens to and cares about the people who elect us.”

Gloria, an aide to U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, is battling fellow Democrat Stephen Whitburn for the District 3 seat.

Former state Sen. Dede Alpert’s endorsement was also announced in Gloria’s statement.

From the statement:

“In the many years that I’ve known Todd as a staffer and community member, I have been impressed by his hard work,” said Alpert.  “I think at this critical time in the City, we need leaders who are thoughtful, reliable, and can bring people together to help move the City forward.  I know Todd can do that.”


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