Poway Mayor Don Higginson has endorsed Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray in the newly re-drawn 52nd district that now includes Poway, Bilbray’s campaign announced Monday.
Bilbray won the June primary with 41.3 percent of the vote, with Democrat Scott Peters coming in second with 22.5 percent. Bilbray will face Peters, a former San Diego City Councilman, again in the Nov. 6 election.
“When I was first elected over 20 years ago, one of the first individuals that reached out to me was then County Supervisor Brian Bilbray,” Higginson said in a release issued by the Bilbray campaign. “Since then, I have had the pleasure of working with Brian on many issues. I have always been impressed with his work ethic, tenacity and approach to problem solving. But most of all I have been impressed with his ‘watch dog’ mentality to protecting taxpayers—a seemingly rare trait in elected officials in both San Diego and Washington.”
Bilbray welcomed the support of Poway’s mayor.
“I am honored to have Mayor Higginson’s endorsement as he has led one of the most fiscally responsible cities in our region,” Bilbray said in a statement. “In order to get our country back on track, I look forward to working with Mayor Higginson to bring more high-paying middle-class jobs to Poway.”
The 52nd Congressional District was re-drawn to cover Coronado and La Jolla, and drifts east to also take in Rancho Bernardo and Poway.