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Nathan Fletcher Readies For Mayor’s Race

— San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign at the end of the week, which means the competition for his replacement is already underway. Former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was one of the first to submit the paperwork to throw his hat in the mayor's race.

Aired 8/27/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign at the end of the week, which means the competition for his replacement is already underway.

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

This isn't Fletcher's first run at the mayor's race, but last time he tried for the seat he was a Republican, and then an Independent. Now he is running as a Democrat — he said the shift was a long time coming and it reflects changes in his own life.

"You know when you have children, it changes how you view things and as you prepare to put your kids in San Diego public schools, it helps you better understand the importance of a full commitment to make sure every child, regardless of race of ethnicity or neighborhood gets a quality education," he said.

Mayor Bob Filner ran for office on the platform of returning the voice to the neighborhoods and Fletcher said he wants to keep that vision alive.

"We're never going to be one as a city when we have certain neighborhoods that have been left behind," he said. "And when you go into these neighborhoods and you see communities that don't have sidewalks and don't have street lights and you see crime increasing and you see a lack of basic services, you understand their frustration."

Fletcher said the first commitment is rebuilding San Diego, beginning with neighborhoods.

Just who Fletcher's competition will be is not yet known, but so far four other names are joining Fletcher's as early candidates.

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Mmikey | August 27, 2013 at 7:20 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

see who the big contributors are to see who he will be working for.

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thompsonrichard | August 27, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

anyone know Floyd Morrow's phone #?

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muckapoo1 | August 27, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I suggest he run as a member of the "Green Party". If that does not work, perhaps the Tea Party next. How can anyone vote for a person who cannot figure out what he stands for politically? Surely, there is someone with more conviction and focus than this. For the sake of the city, let's hope so.

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sdreefer21 | August 27, 2013 at 6:43 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

What does your party line have to do with running a city?

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muckapoo1 | August 28, 2013 at 8:17 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

reefer, because you can't trust a guy who switches party that often. It makes a difference in level of honesty and commitment.

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thompsonrichard | August 28, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

...what does working for Irwin Jacobs who recently contributed $135 million to Technion, an Israeli public university w/ a branch campus in NYC, have to do w/ running the City of San Diego? Jacobs was on the search committee for the current UCSD Chancellor and contributed several millions to refurbishing the official mansion w/ 20 private parking spaces in the La Jolla Farms section. Chancellor Khosla gave former Assemblyman Fletcher a position at the University as Professor of Practical Politics: But what does that have to do with parking cones in Balboa Park?

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sdreefer21 | August 28, 2013 at 11:12 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

What does party affiliation hav to do with trust? Why is it not ok to continually cjange your viewpoints. Changing with the times is a good thing. If you honestly think a rep or dem has any of your best interests in mind you are sadly mistaken. When politicians ne worth is in the millions you are a small fish in an ocean.

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Frankie | August 28, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Based on Nathan's comments about his political party quick-change artistry, it was the kids who made him do it. (We always fall for young fathers who cite devotion to their kids as the reason for their relentless pursuit of political office.)

News flash for Nathan Fletcher: the Mayor's office has nothing to do with the San Diego Unified School District -- unless of course, your patron is Irwin Jacobs who tried and failed to take over the Board of Education a few years ago. Maybe, if elected, Fletcher will be Jacobs' stalking horse for a public school privatization takeover.

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muckapoo1 | August 28, 2013 at 1:28 p.m. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

reefer, i would agree with you if he had not changed parties in such a short period of time.
This guy was saying what he thought the respective group wanted to hear. Maybe an average political tactic, but not to 3 groups. He is starting to make used car salespeople look good.

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