Carl DeMaio Focuses on Jobs, Receives Bipartisan Endorsements
‘As mayor, I will listen to ideas from all sides and bring people together from different political backgrounds as I have done today. With this coalition, we will work on uniting elected officials from both parties to attract jobs to the region. ‘Having a cadre of bipartisan business executives behind him is another step toward the middle for DeMaio, especially since some were among his biggest critics in the primary. With their support comes a potential flood of campaign contributions. Among DeMaio’s notable business backers to be announced Thursday are former Democratic U.S Rep. Lynn Schenk, now with Sempra Energy; San Diego Gas & Electric executive Mitch Mitchell, an independent; businessman and former San Diego mayoral candidate Steve Francis, a Republican; Republican Bill Geppert, former head of Cox Communications; and American National Investments CEO Gina Champion-Cain. ‘As a Democrat, I applaud Carl’s vigorous approach to reaching out to all sides and building consensus on issues that impact San Diegans,’ Champion-Cain said. ‘I am honored to be helping provide input that at the end will help middle-class families have more employment opportunities.’”” Read more here.
DeMaio Announces Bipartisan Job Creation Coalition
San Diego, CA—(September 20, 2012) San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio announced today the formation of a broad coalition of Independents, Republicans and Democrats who have endorsed his candidacy and will provide business leadership and guidance on job creation for San Diego.
Quiet since the primary, an overwhelming majority of the founders of the Movement to the Middle have now endorsed DeMaio. Movement to the Middle is a grassroots coalition of business and community leaders who want constructive, pragmatic leaders who want an end to the relentless divisiveness and bitter partisan battles that have caused gridlock in government. “Job creation isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a San Diego issue,” DeMaio declared as he was joined by members of the bipartisan coalition at a news conference. “As Mayor, I will listen to ideas from all sides and bring people together from different political backgrounds as I have done today. With this coalition, we will work on uniting elected officials from both parties to attract jobs to the region.”
“In order to truly move our great city forward, I believe we must elect Carl DeMaio as our next Mayor. While we may not agree with Carl on everything, I know Carl will be open to evaluating all options on job creation and will use a balanced approach to governing,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of Competitor Group and a founding member of Movement to the Middle. “I've talked with Carl about his plans and he's welcomed my input as well as the input of many of my non-partisan, independent friends.” Democratic businesswoman Cecilia Moreno, owner of the Crest Café, stated, “San Diego needs a leader who draws people together and helps tackle the severe unemployment and underemployment in San Diego. Carl is the only candidate for mayor who has put an economic recovery plan together by listening to both sides of the aisle and leaders in our business community.”
Republican Steve Francis, President of Francis Enterprises, LLC, said, “This mayoral campaign is about jobs, jobs, jobs. We cannot let political affiliations serve as barriers to progress and the advancement of building a friendly environment at City Hall that attracts major employers or spurs job growth.” Gina Champion Cain, CEO of American National Investments, remarked, “As a Democrat, I applaud Carl’s vigorous approach to reaching out to all sides and building consensus on issues that impact San Diegans. I am honored to be helping provide input that at the end will help middle-class families have more employment opportunities.” “With pension reform and other citywide propositions, Carl has shown he can build winning bipartisan coalitions,” James Brennan, CEO of the Enlightened Hospitality Group and a registered Decline to State independent, affirmed. “Carl will work tireless, and listen to different sectors to bring jobs to San Diego. I look forward to helping this coalition of diverse leaders.” Business and community leader Linden Blue, a Republican, remarked, “DeMaio is a unifier and a leader. He will fight for what is right regardless of political affiliation.”
“I am so grateful to have the support of restaurant owners in San Diego—one of the leading employment sectors in San Diego and the embodiment of the American Dream,” said DeMaio. “As Mayor, I will use a balanced approach to attract jobs and employers to San Diego. These small business owners are the engine of providing new jobs in San Diego. Eating and drinking establishments provide 51,000 jobs in the City of San Diego.” “A true leader in a broad coalition, Carl DeMaio understands the nexus between major policy changes and trade and industry success,” said Phil Pace, owner of Phil’s BBQ in Point Loma. “To bring jobs to San Diego, DeMaio will make it easier for small businesses to navigate through the maze of city government by streamlining the process. We know with sensible approaches like that, we’ll have a proven leader in City Hall who’ll draw jobs and more jobs to San Diego.”
The San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association provides access to the resources and support restaurant professionals need to lead thriving businesses. As the oldest restaurant association in the United States, they have built a powerful slate of advocates and a reputation as the definitive voice of the state’s restaurant industry. California is home to more than 90,000 restaurants and bars, employing 1.4 million workers, making them an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy “Restaurant owners work day to day to keep their operations profitable and Carl DeMaio is the only candidate with a real plan who will work day to day as mayor to attract jobs to our region,” said Susie Baumann, owner of Bali Hai Restaurant.