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August 26, 2010 (San Diego) – Supervisor Ron Roberts has been in office during two of the worst wildfires in San Diego history in 2003 and 2007, serving as Chair of the Board of Supervisors during the 2007 firestorms. But his opponent, challenger Steve Whitburn, has won the coveted endorsement of the San Diego Firefighters Association.

“We believe Stephen is the right choice for Supervisor because he will fight to make our communities safe,” said Frank DeClercq, president of the San Diego City Firefighters.

Whitburn is an award-winning journalist, community advocate, and spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

“I am so proud to have the endorsement of the San Diego Firefighters,” Whitburn said. “They are tremendous leaders in the community, and work hard every day to keep our families safe. They understand better than any of us the public safety needs we face.”

Whitburn believes a regional approach to fire protection is the only answer in a county that has twice seen large fires start in the back country and burn into urban areas.

In addition to support from firefighters, Whitburn recently picked up endorsements from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council for his support of working families. He is also endorsed by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for his efforts on behalf of environmental protection.

Though he failed to win support from firefighers, Roberts did secure endorsement from the San Diego Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriff’s Association for the 4th Supervisorial District seat.


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