Former First District Councilman to oppose Bilbray in 52nd Congressional District race

County News Service

La Jollan and former First District City Councilman Scott Peters, now a port commissioner, announced today he’ll run for Congress challenging incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray in the newly created 52nd District.

Some of our representatives have worked within the Washington, D.C., Beltway for so long, they’ve forgotten they work for the people back home,’' said Peters characterizing himself asa common-sense Democrat.”

Peters said he feels his would be a fresh voice during a time when the electorate is fed up with partisan politics.

“I have a better record than any of my opponents of working across the aisle to get things done,” he said adding, “we need problem solvers not partisan politicians. I think we can do better.”

When California’s congressional districts were redrawn earlier this

year, Bilbray’s seat was shifted south from the North County and now runs roughly from La Jolla to Poway.

Peters said the reconfigured 52nd Congressional District includes most of his old First City Council District which had La Jolla, University City, Carmel Valley and Penasquitos, plus Rancho Bernardo, Saber Springs, Point Loma and the beach areas, as well as downtown San Diego to Coronado.

Peters said his priorities, if elected, will be to “create much-needed jobs in our area, to develop an energy policy that reduces dependence on foreign oil, to keep our commitments to veterans and their families, and to end the irresponsible patterns of spending that created a skyrocketing national debt.”

Touting his experience in local government, Peters noted he’s worked to support small businesses and redevelopment projects such as the construction of PETCO Park. He is volunteer chair of the San Diego Unified Port District, a major economic engine for the region. He’s also has traveled to Washington for the past several years with the EDC and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to secure funds to support and improve public facilities in San Diego.

“This country has given me so much – a great public education, a beautiful community and tremendous freedom and opportunity. I want to give back. I want our kids and grandkids to have the same, and I think I have something to offer,” he said.

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