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On April 4 San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox endorsed Lorena Gonzalez for the 80th Assembly District Seat. The district includes Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro, and Barrio Logan.

Cox's endorsement, found on Gonzalez's Facebook page states, "I have worked with Lorena and I know she is committed to creating jobs and protecting the middle class," Cox said. "With only two candidates in this race, I will be casting my vote for Lorena and encourage other South Bay voters to do the same."

In 2010 Gonzalez was a strong opponent of Chula Vista's Proposition G, which among other things, proposed to ban project labor agreements. Supervisor Cox, and his wife, Mayor Cheryl Cox, both Republicans, supported the initiative which ultimately passed.

In an April 4 interview, Gonzalez said she regretted the departure of Gaylord Entertainment Inc (the company which proposed to develop a portion of the Chula Vista bayfront) and finds it unfortunate that people still mistakenly attribute Gaylord's departure to labor conflict.

When asked if bipartisan support was indicative of new voter dynamics, Gonzalez answered, "It shows the huge effect that open primaries have on elections. You have to go and talk to everyone." Gonzalez said she had solicited Cox's support.

She also said this bipartisan support demonstrates "especially in the South Bay, Republicans need to coalition build wherever we [Democrats and Republicans] can find agreement."

Former Chula Vista city council member, Steve Castaneda, is also a candidate for the 80th District in the May 21 special election.

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Woodchuck April 4, 2013 @ 9:32 p.m.

Power and control are the driving force behind the Greg and Cheryl endorsement of Lorena Gonzalez. Steve Castaneda is clearly the better candidate, especially for Chula Vista, but is an independent minded leader who did not back down when the Dumanis thought police tried to oust him from politics. I believe the Cox's are afraid of someone who may not play the games they do. Steve has all the residents needs in mind, not just the labor council and unions. For a better representative for the South Bay, Steve has my vote.

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eastlaker April 5, 2013 @ 8:59 a.m.

I remember that Mr. Castaneda had to weather a storm or two.

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bvagency April 5, 2013 @ 3:09 p.m.

The only advantage that Casteneda has is that he has name recognition in the South Bay. Lorena is a bit of an outsider down here, regardless of whether Greg Cox endorses her or not. We voters in the South Bay are a bit off our rockers anyways, evidenced by the re election of 2 indicted Sweetwater Union High School District Trustees in the November election.

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VigilantinCV April 5, 2013 @ 9:38 p.m.

Cheryl Cox is a bully! As she so desperately tries to stitch together something she can call her legacy, she is ending up damaging Greg's well-earned legacy. Every day he looks more and more like an influence peddler. I recall former Mayor Steve Padilla warning us about pillow-talk between the Mayor and the Supervisor.

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anniej April 5, 2013 @ 11:12 p.m.

Bvagency - truth be told if your words were not true it would make a great sitcom. I for one have found the mayor to be more than responsive to the needs of those she represents. Many of us have called the south bay area home for most of our lives - we have known and known OF each other since our early school days, therefore we are, in essence family. As family members, we realize, there are times, when we must agree to disagree.

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