SAN DIEGO – City Councilman David Alvarez officially launched his campaign for mayor of San Diego Monday afternoon.
The progressive democrat received an endorsement from the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council on Friday. The union group did not support Alvarez in his last election; instead they funded ex-Mayor Bob Filner’s campaign.
Alvarez has championed union causes in the past, including July’s initial passage of a prevailing wage ordinance.
“The people who support you know that sometimes you’re there with them and sometimes you’re not and you’ve got to find compromise,” Alvarez said. “That’s what it’s always about and that’s what I’ve done for my time on the council and will continue to do the same thing.”
Alvarez’s biggest competition could be Nathan Fletcher, who Monday received an endorsement from Senator Marty Block. Alvarez addressed Fletcher saying they both have hurdles to overcome.
“I have a clear record and people know who I am,” said Alvarez. “Nathan, while he ran for mayor last year, I think he had a different set of values that he is trying to persuade voters that he has now. That’s going to be his hurdle and my hurdle is going to be being able to compete with all the money that he’s going to have from a lot of big corporations. It’s the reality and we all know that.”
The two Democrats will also be competing with former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who officially filed her candidate intention statement Monday morning.
Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre filed with the City Clerk’s office Monday afternoon.
Thirty-two people had filed their intent to run for mayor as of 5 p.m. Monday. The nominating period is now underway and each person must collect 200 signatures and pay a filing fee to be considered official candidates.
Fletcher, Alvarez and City Councilman Kevin Faulconer have all confirmed their participation in a mayoral debate in Barrio Logan September 27. It will take place at the Logan Heights Family Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased by calling 619-515-2562.
He has championed union causes in the past, including July’s initial passage of a prevailing wage ordinance.