San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria throws support behind June primary first-place finisher Hazan, who is one step closer to consolidating city leadership and Democratic support in her school board bid
SAN DIEGO, CA —Today, Shana Hazan, former public school teacher, nonprofit executive, and parent of an SDUSD student, announced that she has been endorsed by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.
Gloria’s endorsement comes on the heels of Hazan having secured the support of the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) with a massive 77% of the party’s Metro West Area Caucus vote.
Hazan now claims the support of the mayor and more than half of the San Diego City Council. Councilmembers von Wilpert and LaCava were the latest to publicly back Hazan, joining City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera and Councilmembers Raul Campillo and Dr. Jen Campbell.
“Shana has a proven track record of delivering for San Diegans and improving the lives of families and children. Her leadership is exactly what our schools need now,” said Gloria. “I have witnessed her leadership at Jewish Family Service, the city’s Human Relations Commission, and the state’s First 5 Commission. I have every confidence that on the School Board, Shana will continue to be a powerful advocate for our students, a voice for our parents, and will work tirelessly to deliver stronger schools that give every student across San Diego the opportunity to excel. I’m proud to endorse her.”
“I’m honored to have earned the support of Mayor Gloria and I look forward to working with him and the City Council to deliver stronger schools across San Diego,” said Hazan. “As a mom with a student in our schools, this race is personal to me. You have my word that I will work every day to build healthier communities and schools where every child in every neighborhood can reach their full potential.”
Hazan, who serves as Vice Chair of the California Children & Families Commission (First 5 California) and is the only parent with a child in SDUSD schools in the District B race, placed first in the top-two primary election in June, defeating two opponents. Winning with more than 52% of the total vote, Hazan earned more votes in the primary than the combined total of her opponents. Hazan outraised her opponent by more than $80,000. She will face Godwin Higa in the general election.
Hazan has a long and growing list of supporters across the county, including respected leaders Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, Congressman Scott Peters, former Congresswoman, Assemblywoman, and SDUSD Board Member Susan Davis, Assemblyman Chris Ward, San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera and San Diego City Councilmembers Raul Campillo, Dr. Jen Campbell, Marni von Wilpert, and Joe LaCava, La Mesa City Councilmember Colin Parent, President of San Diego County School Boards Association and V.P. Poway Unified School Board Darshana Patel, First 5 California Executive Director Jackie Thu-Huong Wong, and former California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, as well as seven members of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission.
Hazan has also been endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP), the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Education Association, Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, the San Diego Education Association, Carpenters Local 619, the San Diego Young Democrats, the San Diego County Democratic Women’s Club, the San Diego Democratic Education Alliance, the Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools, and was named a 2022 Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action and a Gun Violence Prevention Candidate by San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention.