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As Filner’s Exit Nears, Many Prepare To Replace Him

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - As Bob Filner spends his next-to-last day in office, 13 people today were preparing their campaigns to be San Diego's next mayor.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

The city of San Diego seal on the city administration building.

A Nov. 19 special election to replace Filner, whose scandal-driven resignation becomes official at 5 p.m. Friday, is expected to cost the city as much as $6.2 million. The high multi-million-dollar price tag could force city leaders to tap reserves or make budget cuts in order to pay for it.

The cost would soar even higher if no one candidate from the special election garners more than 50 percent of the vote because that would prompt a runoff election between the top two vote-getters, City Clerk Liz Maland said.

The city only has $1.8 million set aside for elections in its current $1.2 billion operating budget, U-T San Diego reported.

Filner agreed to resign amid accusations that he sexually harassed 19 women, including his former communications aide, who is suing both the mayor and the city for damages. Though he agreed to step down, Filner continues to deny that his actions constitute sexual harassment. He has, however, apologized for mistreating women and sought behavioral therapy.

Filner took office in December and has three years left in office. Under San Diego's charter, a special election is required no matter the cost because the City Council can appoint a successor only if the outgoing official has less than a year left on his term.

As of late Wednesday, 13 people had filed paperwork with the City Clerk's Office stating their intention to run in the special election to replace Filner, including ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Now an executive with Qualcomm, he finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary.

Also joining the field was Bruce Coons, head of the Save Our Heritage Organization, a preservationist group that sued to stop a plan by Filner's predecessor, Jerry Sanders, and Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs to build a bypass bridge to route cars away from the center of Balboa Park.

Other candidates who have filed intention forms are lawyer and frequent speaker at City Council meetings Hud Collins; Paul Michael Dekker, who, according to his website, is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; La Jolla realtor Harry J. Dirks; Michael Kemmer, whose LinkedIn page says he's an IT intern at Sempra Energy; Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies; accountant Teresa Miucci, psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; website owner Tobiah Pettus; Kurt Schwab, who founded an organization for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq; Mark Schwartz, a Libertarian activist who created a Facebook page for his campaign last month; and David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business.

Carl DeMaio, the former councilman who lost a close race with Filner in last November's runoff election, said he will talk to supporters over the upcoming holiday weekend before deciding whether to enter the race.

Other names making rounds as potential candidates include Councilmen David Alvarez, Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria, Councilwoman Marti Emerald, Supervisor Ron Roberts and former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 29, 2013 at 9:40 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

CDM want to be mayor then loses then wants to be in congress then sees a scandal to capitalize on and is now back to wanting to be mayor again ?

This carpet bagging log-cabin right wing loon is just out for the biggest power grab he thinks he can get.

Voters elected a progressive mayor to fundamentally change the way our city is run.

CDM is an old-school, back-room, nod-nod wink-wink political charlatan with pandering ties going back directly to the heart of right-wing Washington and the likes of Newton Gingrich. Straight out of college, CDM began his K-street career helping Gingrich an other Washington insiders write the infamous "Contract with America" that planted the seeds for lobbying scandals a la Jack Abramoff.

Anyone who thinks CDM is a local here or a small-government Washington outsider needs to do their homework on CDM's bio.

K-street, Newt Gingrich, plans relaxing regulations on Washington lobbyists, shady tax deals, carpet-bagging, and making millions off of government contracts.

THAT, my dear friends, is who CDM is and we already told him no once, lets tell him no again.

We don't want him as our mayor and we don't want him representing is in Congress either.

Let him go work for some right wing think tank in Washington where his pay for play cronies can help him he richer, just so long as leaves San Diego alone!!

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Eddie89 | August 29, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Considering that "most" Democrats and Republicans are just two wings of the same bird, perhaps voters will decide that it's time to elect a Libertarian to the Mayor's office?

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | August 29, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

It is about time we ignored our two-headed single party system and looked for someone who has real solutions not just platitudes and fluff.

Or at minimum someone who will keep their pants on, mouth shut, and ears open.

A middle-class libertarian with no party affiliation would be an excellent choice.

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MarineRoom | September 1, 2013 at 4:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Hear, here!

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