SAN DIEGO – Big announcements are expected this week in the race for San Diego mayor.
Former mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m, Tuesday to announce whether he plans to run. His camp is not confirming his decision one way or the other, but did send out a campaign photo this weekend with some of DeMaio’s loved ones holding ‘Carl DeMaio for Mayor’ signs.
City Council President, and current acting Mayor Todd Gloria also said he will make an announcement Tuesday about whether he’ll run for mayor. Tuesday morning he said he planned to make a statement “around midday.”
“I’ve been getting a lot of communication from my supporters, from my friends and family members all weighing in,” said Gloria. “I expect to make a formal announcement tomorrow.”
Monday afternoon City Councilman Kevin Faulconer told Fox 5 he will announce his decision in the “next several days.” He said he’s been receiving a lot of support.
“From friends and colleagues and people that don’t know me, just urging me to throw my hat in,” said Faulconer. “It’s humbling and I think as somebody who has the experience, as I make my final decision I want to do what’s best for this city. I think our city needs a calm steady influence right now, particularly post-Bob Filner, and somebody who has the experience to get to work right away.”
Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre also said this week he will be filing the paperwork to run for mayor. He appeared on Fox 5 this weekend with the announcement.
“Mayor Filner got through eight months,” said Aguirre. “I was able to get through four years, my complete term, under the most trying of circumstances. I think I have that backbone. I don’t think any of the other candidates have actually run a urge department like I did.”
Fifteen other potential candidates have already filed candidate intention statements with the City Clerk’s office.
Besides just the paperwork, potential candidates will also have to collect 200 signatures from qualified papers and pay a $500 filing fee to make the ballot. The filing fee can be offset with an additional 2,000 signatures. Each valid “signature in-lieu” is worth $0.25 off the filing fee.