SAN DIEGO — Ex-Marine Jacquie Atkinson announced Wednesday that she will run for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego.
Atkinson, a Republican who was wounded in Iraq, currently works for the Joint Improvised Explosives Device Defeat Organization, which is seeking to mitigate the impact of roadside bombs.
“I have served my country in combat and I am prepared to serve my country in Congress,” Atkinson said in a statement released to the media.
“Whether it is wasting our money, failing to provide for our security or ignoring the struggles of working families, Congress is completely broken and career politician Scott Peters is the epitome of what is wrong with our Congress,” she said.
Peters, a former San Diego councilman and port commissioner, ousted former GOP Congressman Brian Bilbray in a close race in 2012 and survived a challenge from another San Diego councilman, Republican Carl DeMaio, last year.
The 52nd Congressional District, which covers central and northern sections of San Diego County, is considered competitive by both Democrats and Republicans, and its campaigns usually attract wads of cash from the national political parties.
Atkinson said the incumbent is “out of touch” with San Diegans on many issues and has ” a gross sense of privilege.”
Peters’ representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.