Mara Elliott

Chief Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott is putting her proven experience and legal expertise to work protecting taxpayers and strengthening our neighborhoods. As City Attorney, Mara Elliott will:

  • Be An Effective, Independent City Attorney focused on the law, not politics.
  • Save Taxpayer Dollars by rooting out waste and cutting red tape at City Hall.
  • Strengthen Protections For Seniors and Kids by cracking down on fraud and abuse targeting our most vulnerable citizens.
  • Increase Neighborhood Safety by ensuring all neighborhoods can count on effective neighborhood prosecutors to tackle crime and public nuisances.
  • Prosecute Illegal Pollution harming our neighborhoods’ health and our environment.
  • Most Qualified To Be City Attorney

With nearly 20 years of public sector legal experience, Mara Elliott is the most qualified candidate for City Attorney. As Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mara Elliott leads the City’s legal team responsible for reforming city contracting practices, strengthening city audits and enforcing environmental protection laws. Mara advises the City’s influential and independent Audit Committee and the City Council’s Committee on the Environment.

Previously, Mara served as general counsel to community college and K-12 school districts as well as counsel to the County of San Diego and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board. Mara serves on the League of California Cities’ Public Records Act Committee and was an editor of the California Municipal Law Handbook.

Proven Legal Experience That Gets Results

As our Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mara Elliott has used her legal expertise to get things done for San Diego. Mara has protected taxpayers and delivered results for San Diego by:

Reforming city contracting to cut administrative red tape and save money.
Saving millions of taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste in City Hall finances.
Holding polluters accountable for environmental cleanup of San Diego Bay.
Standing up for workers and small businesses by strengthening the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinances.
maragreg.jpgA Community Leader Who Gets It

A long-time community leader, Mara Elliott chairs a committee of the San Diego Lawyers Club working to advance the status of women in the law. A public school parent, Mara is a leader on her sons’ local School Site Council. Mara Elliott also serves as trustee of the San Diego County Law Library and was recently honored as Advocate of the Year for her work for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The daughter of a Longshoreman father and mother who emigrated from Mexico, Mara graduated from UC Santa Barbara and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She lives in Scripps Ranch with her husband Greg, a community college professor, their two sons, and the family’s newest addition, a rescue puppy, Lily Mae.

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