President Obama Endorses Stockton Mayoral Candidate Michael Tubbs

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STOCKTON -- It was an exciting day in Stockton City Councilmember Michael Tubbs' Main Street campaign office.

"Very surreal, let me just pinch myself and make sure I'm reading this correctly," said Tubbs.

The Stockton mayoral candidate got the biggest endorsement of his career Wednesday. Just six days before the election, President Barack Obama wrote that he's proud to endorse Tubbs.

"Having the endorsement from the highest elected leader in the free world is an incredible honor," said Tubbs.

Tubbs' campaign shared this statement from Obama.

"I am proud to endorse Micheal Tubbs in his bid to become Stockton's next Mayor. Michael's service as a Councilmember illustrates that he understands the need for every Stocktonian to have safer neighborhoods, stronger schools, and a voice in the political process. His story is the American story, and Michael will work tirelessly to ensure that Stockton reaches its full potential."

The endorsement is not shaking the confidence of incumbent Mayor Anthony Silva. He said he's not surprised or concerned.

"I'm guessing the president just made a blanket endorsement," said Silva.

Silva said what matters more than an endorsement is what those who actually live in Stockton think.

"A lot of residents, very prominent folks that live here are going to tell you they really haven't seen Michael Tubbs for the last couple of years, they don't really know who he is, and I think that is going to mean something come Election Day," said Silva.

With less than a week to go, neither candidate is letting the endorsement slow their campaigning down. Both have a lot to do in just six days.

"We are making phone calls I'm taking the bus that I have two different neighborhoods and doing meet and greets," Silva said.

"Knocking on doors throughout the city and phone banking," Tubbs said.

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