Todd will be the first openly LGBTQ person and first person of color elected mayor of San Diego
Todd was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2008, following Chris Kehoe and Toni Atkins in serving the Third District. As a two-term Councilmember he developed his legendary style of high-energy retail politics, attending dozens of community events every week and visiting with constituents one-on-one. In 2012, Todd’s fellow councilmembers elected him as City Council President. In 2013, he assumed the reigns of the City, beginning his time as Interim Mayor after the resignation of Bob Filner due to sexual harassment allegations. During that time Todd is widely credited with restoring the public’s trust in city government.
In 2016, Todd was elected to represent the 78th Assembly District in the California State Assembly. His election made him the second Filipino-American to serve in the Assembly and the Legislature’s only enrolled tribal member. Within a few short months, Todd ascended in leadership. He was initially appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve as the Assembly’s Assistant Whip and by the next year, he was appointed Majority Whip (a position he holds today). He also is the vice chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. As a third-generation San Diegan, Todd’s philosophy of service comes from his lived experiences. He has seen people struggle around him and believes San Diego should be a city that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. That’s why Todd is running to be San Diego’s next Mayor – a Mayor that works for all of us.