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Two Would-Be Candidates File Intentions To Run For Mayor

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two would-be candidates in the likely event of a special election to replace San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who could resign his post as early as today, have already filed their intentions to run, according to the City Clerk's Office.

Nathan Fletcher is the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Qualcomm, and the chairman of San Diegans United for Commonsense Immigration Reform.

Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Tobiah Pettus both ran last year in a campaign that Filner ultimately won.

Fletcher, now an executive at Qualcomm, gained nearly 24 percent of the vote in the June 2012 primary election, but that was not enough to make the runoff. He made a splash during the campaign when, after he failed to secure an endorsement by the Republican Party of San Diego County, he turned Independent.

Later, he reregistered as a Democrat.

Pettus gained 0.71 percent of the primary votes.

Earlier today, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said he did not plan to run for mayor in the special election. He was just reelected to his post in November.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who finished a distant fourth in last year's primary, has also indicated she will not run.

Ex-Councilman Carl DeMaio is expected to announce next week whether he will enter the race. He had been preparing for a congressional run against Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, next year.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | August 23, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

It's situations like these that give rise to organizations like NOTA.org

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muckapoo1 | August 23, 2013 at 1:31 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Right Anon. One can't decide on a party affiliation and the other could not even get his neighbor's to vote for him. Looks like previous politics have chased away qualified candidates who have focus and commitment.

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BobBoyd | August 23, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

With Nathan Fletcher as Mayor and Todd Gloria continuing as president of the City Council San Diego will have a great team to lead our city forward. You have my support and vote Nathan to be our next Mayor.

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Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

now for the onslaught of b.s. campaign promises and poster litter

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cbells5 | August 23, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I like Nathan Fletcher. Wish he would have not changed parties, but so did Ronald Reagan during his lifetime! Anyone is better than the current mayor, but we need to focus on improving San Diego's image and business-friendly persona to increase jobs. Let's keep the campaign clean and honest. We don't need any more controversy!

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thompsonrichard | August 23, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I sent $10 to DeMaio for Congress since Scott Peters asked for the Mayor's resignation. Better an implacable enemy than faithless friend. But if Carl runs for Mayor, I'll ask for my money back.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 23, 2013 at 7:35 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

No and no.

We elected a progressive and we want him replaced with a progressive.

Mr. Pettus is. Conservative relic of San Diego's good 'ol boy pay for play past.

He stands zero chance.

Fletcher is not a progressive.

Fletcher is similar to Mayor Sanders.

One was a something liberal Republicn and the other a somewhat conservative Democrat.

I just don't see Fletcher getting out there and really transforming how the city functions the way Filner began doing.

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