Filner elected mayor of San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — City Councilman Carl DeMaio conceded victory to Rep. Bob Filner Wednesday in the hard-fought battle for mayor of San Diego.

At a news conference in front of the U.S. Grant Hotel, DeMaio told reporters that he had called Filner to congratulate him on his victory.

COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS

DeMaio, 38, a conservative Republican, said he remains proud that he was a leader in the movement to reform the financial practices of city government, including curbing “runaway pension costs” and defeating a sales-tax increase.

In unofficial returns, DeMaio trailed Filner, 70, a liberal Democrat, 52% to 48%. DeMaio told supporters that he had called Filner with congratulations. He dodged a question about whether he would ever seek office again.

DeMaio leaves the City Council next month after one term. He said he remains confident that, after a series of fiscal reforms that he helped initiate, the city government would function effectively and become a “great city” through cooperation among various factions.

“There is no Republican or Democrat way to do that, there is no gay or straight way to do that,” said DeMaio, who would have been the city’s first gay mayor.

Outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders, who had backed District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in the primary and endorsed DeMaio in the November election, released a statement congratulating Filner on his victory.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Filner,” Sanders wrote. “He’s a long-time San Diegan and my hope is that he will continue to move our city forward with the kinds of reforms that have fueled San Diego’s turn-around.  I wish him all the best and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition.”

DeMaio outspent Filner, but Filner was helped by a large Democratic turnout and the fact that Democrats hold a 40% to 27% registration edge over Republicans, with 27% independents.

DeMaio said he will have to do a “deep dive” into the election figures to determine why he lost. But he said the fact that he is gay “wasn’t an issue in this campaign.”

He shrugged off suggestions that the campaign was particularly vitriolic. “Politics can be rough,” he said.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

11 comments

  • DonnaS

    I think you meant to say Outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders, not "Jerry Brown". And, in the last paragraph it should say SanderS, not "Sander".

  • FERNANDO

    lLET'S SEE WHAT A DEMOCRATIC MAYOR CAN DO TO IMPRVE THR IMAGE OF SAN DIEGO, THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MAYOR FILNER CONSIDER DOING IN HIS FIRST TERM: IMPROVE ALL THE ROADS . MIRA MESA BLVD IS NOT BEING MAINTAINED.PROPERLY. 2) ENFORCE THE HANDICAP PARKING REGULATIONS. IT'S BEING ABUSED BY 100% PHYSICALLY ABLED DRIVERS. CARS WITH THE DISABLED PARKING PLACARD. THEY TAKE A PHYSICALLY DISABLED SPOT AND THE DRIVER AND PASSENGERS WALK AWAY WITHOUT LIMPING OR SOPPORT! OR EVIDENCE AS PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED. 3) HIRE STREET SWEEPERS TO MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS OF DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO.

  • Guest

    Oh, this is so great! I can't wait to see what this Democrat will produce as far as throwing his title around in order to get results (i.e., "I'm a congressman and I can do whatever I want."), what other acts will he do and admit guilt to (i.e., pleading guilty to misdemeanor and trespassing in regards to the Dulles Airport incident), what temper tantrums will erupt from our new Mayor, which San Diegans have put into office (i.e., when Congressman Bob Filner was very upset with the outcome of a coin toss and refused to take the stage during a debate with Carl Demaio:

    ) . These are just a few "issues" I am so eager to see as far as how our new Mayor of San Diego will conduct himself in the next 4 years in office. God help us all.

  • Dena

    Demaio WAY overdid it on the ads. I was going to go against my union recommendation and vote for Demaio based on hearing his ideas, but Demaio's ad campaign was overly dramatic and unneccesarily extensive in volume and I was no longer interested when his campaign seemed to turn into a war against Filner. If I believe in a person outside my party or personal interest, I will vote for them for the better of the city. But I wont do it based on a rhetoric-spin smear campaign.

  • Guest

    A very sad day in America and now San Diego! The democratic tax and spend policies, with heavy
    union backing, have brought America and California to it's knees. And now one of the sleaziest politicians ever ( and union lackey) will be leading San Diego. God help us, because the bulk of S.D.
    voters haven't a clue. I'm afraid to envision how bad things will get in S.D. the next 4 years. California
    is a shell of it's once great stature world wide because of Democrats guided by Unions, now S.D..
    Again , very sad!

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