The California Small Business Action Committee endorsed Thursday San Diego mayoral candidate and City Councilman Carl DeMaio.
"Carl DeMaio has championed small business for years,” said Joel Fox, president of the committee, according to a press release announcing the endorsement. “As someone who built two successful businesses from scratch, he understands the challenges faced by hardworking entrepreneurs in this tough economy. His 'Pathway to Prosperity' plan details innovative steps that the city of San Diego will take under his leadership to encourage growth of small business, rather than standing in the way.”
DeMaio welcomed the group’s support.
“For too long our city government has been a hindrance rather than a help to our small businesses. I intend to fundamentally change the culture at City Hall to help our small businesses succeed,” he said.
Prior to winning his seat on the City Council, DeMaio started two consulting firms, the Performance Institute and American Strategic Management Institute, before selling them to Thompson Publishing.
Committee members cited his history in small business as the impetus for the endorsement at a press conference announcing the news.
“Carl DeMaio is the only candidate with significant business experience,” said Leo Hamel, owner of Leo Hamel’s Fine Jewelry Store. "He has created jobs and knows the troubles business owners go through.”
Janie Ramshaw, owner of Ramshaw Enterprises Inc., also pointed to the “Small Business Action Plan” and the “Pathway to Prosperity Jobs Plan” as rationale for the decision.
The endorsement comes one day after a previously unaffiliated group of San Diego business leaders renounced their previous party affiliations and became independent while forming the new Movement to the Middle coalition. The group cited mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher’s March decision to drop his party affiliation as inspiration for the decision and made him the group's first formal endorsement.
DeMaio called the event yesterday a political stunt by long-time Fletcher supporters to keep their “hand-picked candidate” in the news.