SAN DIEGO — Under his resignation deal with the City Council, Bob Filner will remain as mayor until the end of business hours Friday, complete with a police security detail and a relinquishing of his keys to his office.
But planning has already begun for a special election to find a successor to fill the unexpired three years of his term. Would-be candidates are assessing their chances at becoming the city’s 36th mayor.
Council President Todd Gloria, who will become interim mayor when Filner leaves, has asked the city clerk for a timeline on when a primary and, if needed, a runoff could be held. The council may set the election dates when it meets Wednesday.
Under the City Charter, a special election must be held within 90 days of a vacancy. If no candidate gets more than 50%, a runoff will be held between the two top vote-getters within 49 days.
Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer each say they are considering a run. The same is true of Councilman Carl DeMaio, who lost to Filner in November. To make a second run at being mayor, DeMaio would have to drop plans to run for Congress.
Gloria is a Democrat; Faulconer and DeMaio are Republicans.
Nathan Fletcher, a former member of the state Assembly and a former Marine who served in Iraq, has signed up with the city clerk to establish an exploratory committee.
Fletcher placed third in last year’s mayoral primary. In the Assembly, he was a Republican. When he started his mayoral campaign last year, he dumped the GOP and became an independent. Now he’s a Democrat.