I love San Diego. I’m very grateful to have been given the privilege of serving as its mayor for eleven years. During my administration, the phrase, “America’s Finest City” was more than a slogan. It was the goal and mission statement that drove every decision we made. Our city continues to offer such great promise, but it will need strong, enlightened leadership to realize its full potential.
That’s why I’m supporting Nathan Fletcher for mayor of San Diego. He has the judgment, energy, and integrity to deliver on that promise. He represents a new generation of leadership we need to solve unsolved problems and triumph over new challenges.
Being mayor demands the leadership qualities Nathan has in abundance. He is tough-minded and will make tough decisions. His skills and experience prepare him well to be the Chief Executive of San Diego. Nathan’s experience in preparation for this office is much like my own. We both served in the Marines, and then in the state Legislature. I was only a little older than Nathan when I ran for mayor. The Marine Corps taught me to lead and to make tough decisions under pressure. Nathan’s Marine career put him in a leadership position at the tip of the spear in our nation’s fight against international terrorism, and his record of distinguished service confirms he learned those lessons well and performed admirably.
The state Legislature taught me the consensus-building skills I utilized to get things done after I was elected mayor. The same has been true in spades for Nathan, who brilliantly brought together an unlikely coalition of Democrats and Republicans to secure passage of Chelsea’s Law, along with his many other legislative accomplishments. But perhaps the most important characteristic that Nathan and I share is a core belief that our city is destined for greatness.
When I initiated San Diego’s downtown redevelopment, nay-sayers said we were wasting our time; that a vibrant center city and sunny, laid-back San Diego just couldn’t be reconciled. The evidence to the contrary is now on display for everyone to see. Many of those same people said San Diego would never be able to counter Southern California suburban sprawl and sensibly manage growth. But we adopted one of the nation’s first and most successful growth management plans, providing much better, more efficient, and less costly delivery of essential city services. Nathan shares my belief that innovation, fresh ideas and a willingness to think outside the box are critical to moving our city forward.
That’s why I know he will be a great mayor for our great city.
I am proud to be part of his team.
I hope you will join our effort and not only endorse Nathan Fletcher for Mayor, but make a contribution to his campaign.
Governor Pete Wilson