SAN DIEGO — As the candidates for San Diego mayor made their final pushes for votes, Councilman David Alvarez scored a list-minute endorsement Monday from Gov. Jerry Brown.
“David Alvarez has been a leader in the community and on the City Council, fighting for innovative policies that will grow the economy and protect the environment,” Brown said. “He is the kind of mayor San Diego needs.”
Alvarez, who rode the trolley during the morning commute to seek votes, said he was “incredibly grateful” for the governor’s support and pledged to work with him to create a stronger middle class. He has received endorsements from numerous Democratic state officials.
“We’re really excited because it’s the last day,” Alvarez told CBS8. “We’re trying to get out the votes tomorrow, and it’s going to be a fantastic day for us.”
Councilmen Kevin Faulconer told the station that a lot work and energy goes into the last two days of a campaign, so he and his supporters will be knocking on doors and making phone calls. He and his mother held signs and waved at drivers during the morning commute.
A poll released Sunday showed Faulconer leading Alvarez 47 percent to 46 percent among likely voters. The SurveyUSA poll, conducted on behalf of 10News and U-T San Diego, had Faulconer up by 5 points two weeks ago.
Political observers have been expecting a close race that’s likely to be decided by turnout at the city’s polling places.
Last week, the National University System Institute for Policy Studies found that Republicans were returning their mail ballots at a faster rate than Democrats, likely giving Faulconer the edge when the first round of results are released just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
In the Nov. 19 special election, Alvarez was in third place when absentee ballots were counted. However, when votes from the polling places came in, he edged out former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for a spot on the runoff ballot.
Tuesday’s winner will serve out the nearly three years remaining in the term of Bob Filner.