Race to replace Filner already underway

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SAN DIEGO – Mayor Bob Filner’s not officially out of office until Friday and already people are clamoring for his seat.

On Monday, five new people filed candidate intention statements with the City Clerk’s Office. They join former mayoral candidates Nathan Fletcher and Tobiah Pettus who filed last week.

Fletcher told Fox 5 he decided to give the Mayor’s race another shot because he believes it’s time to restore confidence that was lost under Filner.

“People don’t have faith and confidence in where we’re going and I think we need that leadership,” said Fletcher. “Having fought in a war I’ve been through a lot of difficult environments. I think we also need someone who has that demonstrated ability to get folks together, whether its democrats or republicans or business and labor but get folks together and united moving our city forward.”

Other residents who’ve filed to run include David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business, Ashok Parameswaran, a psychiatrist and medical advisor, Jared Mimms, who according to social media, runs several businesses and Mark Schwartz, a Libertarian activist.

“I’m really here to be a driving force in the city to insure we maintain our freedom and our liberties,” said Schwartz.

Kurt Schwab, who founded the Veterans of Iraqi/Enduring Freedom organization and is a veteran himself also filed to run Monday. He’s not voicing a platform. Instead he said he’ll let the voters decide.

“We’re reaching out to the communities to see what they want,” said Schwab. “We’re not going to go out there and say this is what we’re doing. The people have a say in this. The people run the city.”

It is expected more people will file to run throughout the week. Todd Gloria, Kevin Faulconer and Carl Demaio are among the people that could come forward.

As for who you won’t see on the ballot, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins announced she will not be running.

On Wednesday, the City Council will consider whether to hold the special election on November 19. The winner will serve the remainder of Filner’s four-year term.

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