Ed Harris pulls out of State Assembly race, endorses Gloria
SAN DIEGO – Two days after San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria joined the race for the 78th State Assembly District, retired lifeguard Sgt. Ed Harris dropped out.
Harris, a Democratic candidate, announced Thursday he was stepping down from his bid for Assembly seat and added that he was supporting Gloria.
“Todd is a true leader who has the courage, intellect and compassion to be a strong advocate for residents of the 78th Assembly District. He has vision and a passion for public service that is unsurpassed,” Harris said. “I am proud to stand by Todd, as I’ve seen him stand by so many people he has fought for including veterans, the homeless and lifeguards.”
Gloria is being termed out of the City Council, and the current officeholder, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, is being termed out of the Assembly. Within hours of Gloria announcing his candidacy, Atkins endorsed him.
During Gloria’s two terms on the City Council, he has served as the body’s president, chairman of its Budget Committee and interim mayor, a position he held for six months following the resignation of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner in August 2013.
After Kevin Faulconer won the special election replacing Filner as mayor, Harris was appointed to the City Council under the condition that he not run for the seat the following year.