A month ago the buzz was whether two prominent Republicans — Joe Leventhal and T.J. Zane — may face each other in San Diego City Council District 5 next year, where Mark Kersey is facing term limits.
Then, two weeks ago Zane decided he wouldn’t seek the seat.
Now its back to square two, with another Republican — Patrick Batten — joining the fray, while Leventhal say’s he’s definitely still in the race.
“Since T.J. Zane decided he was not running for City Council,” Batten told SD Rostra, “I have been meeting community leaders to discuss the issues facing the community. It was clear that after last election cycle we need a strong advocate to represent this district. My experience as a Marine and active member in the community makes me the best candidate in the race and I am excited about the opportunity to represent the citizens of District 5 at City Hall. “
Batten’s campaign issued the following press release…
Marine and community leader enters the race for San Diego City Council
Patrick Batten enters with a history of service and a clear vision forward
San Diego, CA (March 14, 2019) – The race for San Diego City Council, District 5 has become clearer after Marine Corps Veteran, Patrick Batten announced he is entering the race. For the past 15 years, Patrick has served in the Marine Corps on active duty and the reserves and maintains the rank of Major in the reserves. His previous combat deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan. His most recent deployment was in 2016, where he led a team of 18 Marines in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to eliminate the threat of ISIS. His experience in the Marine Corps includes training and advising foreign militaries of Afghanistan, Australia, Britain, Iraq, Korea and Thailand. He will use his extensive leadership, experience and ability to develop close relationships to the City Council.
“After September 11, I was determined to fight for our country and protect our way of life,” Patrick said. “It will always be my greatest privilege to have lead Marines in combat. I look forward to bringing my leadership and experience to serve the City of San Diego.”
Patrick is an active member of the community, serving on the Rancho Bernardo Community Council. He enjoys volunteering for the Rancho Bernardo annual July 4th parade, the Mardi Gras 5k and the annual Earth Day fair. He also assisted raising awareness of potential rip-off schemes targeting vulnerable senior citizens by supporting a senior scam prevention seminar. Patrick serves on the Rancho Bernardo Maintenance Assessment District Board where he helps oversee spending on beautification projects in the community. Patrick shares his love of baseball by coaching Little League.
“During my five deployments, this community supported my family,” Patrick said. “During the fires in 2007, while I was in Iraq, neighbors and friends made sure my family was safe. Continuing to serve this district on City Council is how I can best show my gratitude for their love and support.”
Patrick Batten is running for City Council to bring his leadership and experience to serve the residents of District 5. He will focus on infrastructure improvements, public safety and fiscal responsibility.
Patrick attended Ocean Beach Elementary School and graduated from San Diego State University. He now resides in the Westwood neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo where his mother-in-law and father-in-law moved to 50 years ago and raised their two children, Patrick’s wife, Kelly, and her brother, Keith. Patrick and Kelly are raising their four children in the same neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo.
San Diego City Council, District 5 includes the communities of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Miramar Ranch and Torrey Highlands.
For more information visit www.patrickbatten.com