Ray Ellis to oppose Sherri Lighter for District 1 City Council seat

Ray Ellis, businessman and president of the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System Board (SDCERS), has officially launched his campaign opposing incumbent Sherri Lightner for San Diego City Council’s District 1 seat.

Ellis is board chairman of San Diego Social Venture Partners, a board member of The Parker Foundation, a member of the Economic Development Strategic Roundtable and a board member on the Balboa Park Conservancy.

In 2008, Mayor Jerry Sanders appointed Ellis to serve on the SDCERS board. He said his volunteer service on the board has enabled him to see first hand the mismanagement in city government and the influence of special interests.

He believes reform is possible if “the interests of taxpayers were put ahead of powerful special interests.”

”I care deeply about San Diego and the legacy that we are leaving for future generations,” Ellis said. “It is one of the reasons I have been so involved in civic philanthropy and why I decided to run for City Council. I want to bring my business experience to the Council because we must have fiscal and organizational reform to truly deliver the city services that taxpayers deserve.”

Ray and his wife Gina live in Carmel Valley with their 9-year-old son Jake. He also has a 26-year-old son, Matt, and a 21-year-old daughter, Jessica, who is a senior at Texas Christian University. Ray received his MBA from Pepperdine University. For more information on Ellis, please visit