San Diego Democrats hosts mayor’s forum

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Democratic Party hosted a mayoral candidate forum Friday, one of the first major candidate events of the campaign.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, and activist Tasha Williamson took the stage at San Diego City College's Saville Theatre to discuss pressing city issues like affordable housing, homelessness, and public transit.

Gloria has garnered the most buzz since the campaign began in January, earning endorsements from local, state and federal officials like Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Assembly's Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, among others.

Bry, meanwhile, has framed herself as a political outsider who is more connected to San Diego residents than politicians in Sacramento. She has leaned on her background as a technology entrepreneur to argue that she would be an effective ally of the city's thriving biotechnology industry as well as local business leaders.

Gloria and Bry have also raised the most money among the mayoral candidate pool. From Jan. 1 to July 31, Gloria raised $646,000 from more than 2,100 donors, while Bry raised $531,591 from about 1,200 donors. Williamson, the candidate with the third-most money raised, mustered less than $1,000.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Charles Clark moderated the forum.

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