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Fletcher, Faulconer To Battle In Mayor’s Race; Gloria, DeMaio Out

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Fletcher, Faulconer To Battle In Mayor's Race; Gloria, DeMaio Out

Above: Four days after Bob Filner officially stepped down as San Diego mayor, three potential major candidates announced they will not be running for his spot.

The field for the November special election for mayor of San Diego cleared somewhat Tuesday, as three potential major candidates -- including Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and former Councilman Carl DeMaio -- announced they would not run.

Aired 9/4/13 on KPBS News.

The field for the November special election for mayor of San Diego cleared somewhat Tuesday, as three potential major candidates announced they would not run.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria on the set of KPBS Evening Edition.

"In the few days since I assumed the duties of mayor, it has become clear to me that the problems left by Bob Filner are substantial and serious,'' Gloria said. "The enormous task of cleaning up City Hall while ensuring District Three is represented requires me to lead a focused team effort that produces quick results for San Diego.''

He thanked supporters who encouraged him to run to complete the term of Filner, who resigned in disgrace after nine months as the city's chief executive.

DeMaio, 38, said he would renew his attention on previously announced plans to challenge Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, in a congressional race next year, while Supervisor Ron Roberts said he preferred to finish his term with the county.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, is set to announce he will run at a Wednesday news conference on Harbor Island. Already in the race is former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who recently switched from Independent to Democrat.

More than a dozen others -- none with widespread name recognition -- have indicated they will also enter the race for mayor.

DeMaio told reporters that his focus was on his agenda to reform government more than a particular office.

"Now I know that this decision may disappoint some of my supporters, though please recognize that our reform agenda is a team effort and is bigger than any one individual,'' said DeMaio, who narrowly lost to Filner in a runoff last November.

"I'm confident that we have several exceptional leaders in our city who possess the integrity and sincerity and consistency of position to carry forward our reform agenda as our next mayor,'' DeMaio said.

He said he would hold local, state and national leaders accountable to the citizenry if he wins a congressional seat.

Roberts, who has run for mayor unsuccessfully in the past, announced he would not seek the post.

"I made this decision after much discussion with my family and close supporters,'' Roberts said. "I will be forever grateful for their confidence.''

The city of San Diego race will attract candidates who understand the issues at City Hall, and the county still has some unfinished business, he said.

Runs by Gloria, a 35-year-old Democrat and the City Council president, and DeMaio would have pitted two prominent and openly gay politicians against each other in the race to lead the nation's eighth largest city.

Today was the first regular working day for Gloria as acting mayor since Filner stepped down amid accusations by 19 women alleging various degrees of sexual harassment. Gloria assumed office when Filner's resignation became official at 5 p.m. Friday.

Also today, Fletcher, who previously said he would make a second run for the mayor's office, released a video as his "official announcement.''

"I think it's time that San Diegans -- that we all commit ourselves to the mission of rebuilding our city and moving us forward,'' said Fletcher, an ex-Marine who served in Iraq.

Fletcher, who has been endorsed by unions representing the city's firefighters and white-collar workers, said in his video that one of his priorities will be giving hard-working residents an opportunity to buy their own home.

Now a Qualcomm executive, he finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary, finishing behind DeMaio and Filner.

So far, 15 people have declared their intention to run.

KPBS Evening Edition anchor Dwane Brown and KPBS videographer Guillermo Sevilla contributed to the video report for this story.

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Avatar for user 'TheDiegan'

TheDiegan | September 3, 2013 at 9:10 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Interesting . . . why somehow, the writer of the article chose to omit that Nathan Fletcher has switched "from Republican" to Independent to Democrat.

It's hop, skip, jump. Not simply skip, jump.

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sdreefer21 | September 4, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. ― 1 year ago

What about his stance on your personal key issues? Why dont you knock him for something important rather than symantics. I dont see switching parties as affecting city operations? What does he offer or not offer to you?

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thompsonrichard | September 4, 2013 at 9:37 a.m. ― 1 year ago

My personal key issue is the $80 billion budget of the National Security Administration. Scott Peters voted to enlarge it; Carl DeMaio said he'd have voted against the increase... knowing him, he'd probably vote to abolish it altogether (which would be fine, too).

Had Carl DeMaio decided to run for mayor, I'd have gone to his next rally to demand my $10 "DeMaio4Congress" cheque back. I'd support having all the money taken from the NSA budget going to firemen and police officers.

Irwin Jacobs' Qualcomm by the way contributed $40,000 to DeMaio's effort to trim city pensions. Prop B, or whatnot.

I'd have voted for Roberts. Being a chameleon makes Fletcher subservient to QC $$$. On the other hand, I attended Bob Filner's first -- and only -- state of the city address. And Fletcher was invited by him to upstage Todd Gloria.

Floyd Morrow, where art thou?

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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | September 4, 2013 at 10:46 a.m. ― 1 year ago

thompsonrichard

Regarding your comment: ''I'd support having all the money taken from the NSA budget going to firemen and police officers''.

Why does everything with labor demands have to be all or none phenomenon? Where is the happy middle ground?

http://tinyurl.com/lb2sss2

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | September 4, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. ― 1 year ago

CA Offender says Falcouner is turning Mexican! lol

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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | September 4, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Missionaccomplished-

No entiendo. ¿qué significa esto y qué tiene eso que ver con este blog?

explique por favor.

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Missionaccomplished | September 4, 2013 at 11:36 p.m. ― 1 year ago

You must first be familiar with CA Offender's past posts--even dating back to the old UT format.

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CaliforniaDefender | September 5, 2013 at 11:48 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Missionfailed,

Yo tampoco te entiendo.

I never said "Faulconer is turning Mexican" and why would you think so? I think the heat is getting to you. Grab a cold glass of horchata, sit under a fan, and relax.

Although, I am glad you spend so much time thinking about my posts. Perhaps one day I'll get through to you.

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