San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria Backs Dr. Akilah Weber

Mayor Gloria joins the Democratic Party in backing Weber’s surging campaign

San Diego, CA – Today, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced his support for Dr. Akilah Weber’s campaign for State Assembly. Dr. Weber is running in a special election for the 79th Assembly seat, a vacancy created by the appointment of Dr. Shirley Weber as Secretary of State.

In announcing his endorsement Mayor Gloria said:

“Dr. Akilah Weber has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader who can be counted on to solve problems and get things done. Dr. Weber is one of San Diego County’s leading physicians and has helped thousands of women and girls in her practice, all while serving her community on the City Council and through her volunteer work. She believes passionately in public service and helping others, and is committed to expanding access to health care and improving public health in our communities. Dr. Weber’s public health expertise will be critical in the State Assembly.”

Mayor Gloria joins a rapidly growing coalition of individuals and organizations who have endorsed Dr. Weber’s campaign. This week, the California Democratic party voted overwhelmingly to endorse her campaign.


Todd Gloria currently serves as the Mayor of San Diego. Prior to his election as Mayor in 2020, Gloria served on the San Diego City Council (2008-2016), including a term as Council President (2012-2014), and in the California State Assembly (2016-2020), where he served as House Majority Whip.


Dr. Akilah Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and she is the founder and director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She also leads the adolescent gynecology program at UC San Diego Health, and she serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSD.


Dr. Weber has served on the La Mesa City Council since 2018 where she’s worked to implement the city’s Climate Action Plan and championed the creation of both a Community Police Oversight Board and the La Mesa homelessness task force. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Weber has also been on the frontlines of the city’s efforts to protect public health. Her long record of community activism includes serving on the boards of La Mesa Conversations and the La Mesa- Foothills Democratic Club, and volunteering as the science coordinator for the Links to STEM program for children who are underrepresented in STEM fields.


Dr. Weber grew up in the Oak Park neighborhood of San Diego and graduated from Encanto Elementary School and Gompers Secondary School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and her Medical degree from the University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Weber completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Chicago Cook County Hospital and her fellowship in Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Weber, and her husband, Dennis, live in La Mesa, with their boys, Kadir and Jalil, and their rescue dog, Shaka. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Incorporated.