Alvarez enters mayor’s race

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San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez

San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez

SAN DIEGO — Councilman David Alvarez joined that pack of candidate in the San Diego mayor’s race Thursday, giving progressives a candidate in a field led by a Republican and former member of the GOP.

Alvarez made the announcement via his Twitter account.

“I’m in,” Alvarez said. “Filed my intent to run. San Diego needs a mayor who cares about the future of working families and all of our neighborhoods.”

Alvarez, who represents Logan Heights, San Ysidro and other South San Diego neighborhoods, is in his third year on the City Council.

Political activists disappointed with the events leading to the resignation of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner had tried to draft either Alvarez or ex-Assemblywoman Lori Saldana.

Alvarez had the closest working relationship with Filner of any of the council members. He helped craft a deal that ended a crisis over funding the city’s Tourism Marketing District.

He will face Republican council colleague Kevin Faulconer, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who left the GOP last year to become an independent and later reregistered as a Democrat, and 18 other candidates in a crowded field for the Nov. 19 primary.

If anyone wins more than 50 percent in the initial vote, that person becomes mayor. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will face each other in a runoff early next year.


  • emstein7

    I say this all the time, but now I'm thoroughly done with san Diego politics. A former mayor who was revealed to be a serial woman abuser, verbal and physical and who probably hasn't been able to get it up for a long time. Then on to a former city council member, now running for congress, who has been publicly accused of masturbating in a public restroom. We also have in the public eye a slick politician who can't find his ass with both hands and a flashlight, you know who, the republican – I mean independent-I mean democrat- slick and full of shit Nathan felcher,-I mean Fletcher or whatever. And then we may have that big consensus building, fair minded former city attorney mike Aguirre, Mr team player. This awesome city is a mess. From the incredibly brave women who confronted bob filner en masse, (never mind that this issue was brought to light in some cases a lot later than the incidents themselves happened) Now we have two glorias in the mix. Gloria alred and Todd Gloria. If Todd Gloria goes straight and marries Gloria alred she can become Gloria gloria-enough. If I vote I will write in Donna Frye.

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