Issa Challenger Gains Support from San Diego City Council Membersby Natalie Jacobs June 19, 2017
Newly elected City Council member Barbara Bry has thrown her hat in the ring for Mike Levin as he gears up for a challenge to unseat incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa in representing California’s 49th district in the House of Representatives. Writing in the invitation for a June 29 fundraiser at a Rancho Santa Fe home, Bry says of Levin: “With his experience working with San Diego’s Center for Sustainable Energy and UC San Diego to protect our region’s precious natural resources, Mike Levin is ready on day one to relentlessly advocate for federal funding that will preserve our environment and our quality of life.”
After a narrow win in the 2016 general election against Democrat Doug Applegate, a political unknown until the surprisingly competitive race, Issa faces at least two Democratic challengers already in the lead up to the 2018 mid-term elections. Applegate announced his candidacy earlier this year, despite campaign finance controversies. Democrats, especially from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have targeted Issa’s seat as one ripe for flipping since California’s 49th district voted for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential election (51 percent for Clinton versus 43 percent for Trump).
In Mike Levin, Councilwoman Bry, who represents San Diego’s District 1, sees someone who will “champion federal policies that will help San Diego stay safe, clean, and prosperous.”
Councilman Chris Ward, also newly elected and representing District 3, is also involved with the June 29 Mike Levin fundraiser.
*Photo from Mike Levin for Congress Facebook page.