Ex-City Attorney Aguirre to run for mayor

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SAN DIEGO – Former City Attorney Michael Aguirre confirmed his plans to run for San Diego mayor Sunday evening, replacing Bob Filner, who recently resigned.

Aguirre served as city attorney from 2004 to 2008 and lost a re-election bid in 2008 to current City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Mike-AguirreHe will join a long list of candidates for mayor in a Nov. 19 special election. Aguirre has yet to file with the City Clerk’s office.

If no one wins more than 50 percent in the special election to find Filner’s replacement, a runoff vote will be held. City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said the cost for the initial election is estimated to be around $6 million.

One of the candidates, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, corralled endorsements Thursday from the unions that represent the city’s white collar workers and firefighters. The Qualcomm executive finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary vote.

Carl DeMaio, who lost to Filner in the November 2012 runoff, said he will announce on Tuesday whether he will make another run.

City Councilman Todd Gloria, who became interim mayor Friday when Filner stepped down, turning over his council presidency to Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, has also been mentioned as a potential candidate to complete Filner’s term. Other potential mayoral candidates include Gloria’s colleagues David Alvarez, Marti Emerald and Kevin Faulconer on the City Council as well as County Supervisor Ron Roberts and former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego.

Other candidates who have filed intention forms are lawyer Hud Collins, a frequent speaker at City Council meetings; Bruce Coons, head of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation; Paul Michael Dekker, who, according to his website, is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; La Jolla Realtor Harry J. Dirks; Marcus Dunlap; and Michael Kemmer, whose LinkedIn page says he’s an IT intern at Sempra Energy.

Also intending to run are Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies; accountant Teresa Miucci; psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; website owner Tobiah Pettus; Kurt Schwab, who founded an organization for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq; Mark Schwartz, a Libertarian activist who created a Facebook page for his campaign last month; and David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business.


  • Eric Heumann

    Aguirre worked as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice, and directed a grand jury investigation of pension racketeering. He was then appointed as assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. After leaving government work, Aguirre set up his own firm specializing in securities fraud.

    In the 1990s, Aguirre continued his securities practice and his electoral campaigns. In 1990, Aguirre allied with the Chicano Federation to file a successful federal voting rights lawsuit to overturn San Diego’s redistricting. In 1993, Aguirre successfully defended the United Farm Workers Union in Yuma, Arizona in a case with lettuce grower Bruce Church. Aguirre took over the defense of the case after UFW President Cesar Chavez died following two days of testimony. Aguirre finished the jury trial, which the UFW lost, but he successfully overturned the case on appeal.

    In 1996 Aguirre went to court to throw out a 1995 contract between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Chargers football team. In the contract, the city agreed to issue $60 million of bonds to renovate the football team's stadium, and, in a controversial clause, promised to constantly maintain the stadium as a state-of-the-art venue. The city had also agreed to guarantee the sale of 60,000 game tickets at prices to be set by the Chargers. Aguirre’s suit and the ensuing scandal surrounding the maintenance clause compelled the city to renegotiate with the Chargers in 1998.

    Sounds like the right candidate to work for the people of the city of San Diego

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