About Mara

Mara Elliott has fought to protect San Diego taxpayers and neighborhoods her entire career.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Mara Elliott worked her way through UCSB and McGeorge School of Law. After law school, instead of going to work for a corporate law firm, Mara went to work fighting for us.


As Senior Deputy County Counsel, Mara served as the Sherriff’s attorney and worked to track down perpetrators of elder abuse. As General Counsel to the San Diego Transit District, Mara worked to expand public transit and strengthen local communities.

As Chief Deputy City Attorney for the last seven years, Mara Elliott has taken on polluters, fraud and crime. She’s working to implement the City’s plan to achieve 100% clean renewable energy and leads the prosecution of corporate polluters dumping toxins in our waterways. Mara wrote the city law to crack down on crooked city contractors and has cut wasteful spending at City Hall, saving taxpayers millions. Mara serves as lead counsel for the city’s Indpendent Audit Committee.


Mara’s father was a Longshoreman and her mother emigrated from Mexico and worked as a Secretary here. Mara understands the struggles of working families and will fight for us as City Attorney. If elected, Mara Elliott would be the first female, and Latina City Attorney in San Diego’s history.

In addition to serving as Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mara is a Vice-President of the San Diego Law Library Board of Trustees, an editor of the California Municipal Law Handbook and an active leader in the Lawyers Club, San Diego’s Women’s Bar Association. In the community, Mara volunteers on her son’s school site council and with the MS Society.

Mara and her husband, Greg, are raising their two sons in the San Diego community of Scripps Ranch. 

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. 


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