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Endorsement season is ramping up and that gives me an excuse to jump on the what-is-Donna-Frye-going-to-do train.

Up-coming major endorsements are one reason it might be in the interest to declare her intentions for the county supervisor’s race soon.

The race is seen as the first time incumbent Republican Ron Roberts could face a serious challenge in the county’s increasingly Democratic urban core since he took office in 1995 — Bill Clinton’s first term as president.

The San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee will make its choice next month in the county’s Fourth District race to take on Roberts

Democratic state Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña picked up a recommendation for the central committee’s endorsement yesterday. The committee’s Central Region recommended her for the overall endorsement, she said, and forwarded its recommendation to the committee. More than 60 percent of the region needed to support her for her to be the pick, she said.

“I know it was over 60 percent,” Saldaña said of the Central Region’s vote.

Unprompted Saldaña also referenced Frye’s possible entry.

“The window of opportunity is closing because we’re going against a well-funded incumbent,” she said.

Already vying for the seat is Shelia Jackson, the Democratic president of the San Diego Unified School Board.

Jess Durfee, chairman of the local Democratic Party, declined to confirm Saldaña’s recommendation saying the party would make an announcement once it endorsed a candidate next month.

“It’s only a recommendation until it’s acted on by the whole Central Committee,” Durfee said.

— LIAM DILLON

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