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Race For Mayor Grows To More Than Three Dozen Potential Candidates

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The field of potential candidates in the Nov. 19 special election to finish out the term of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner grew to more than three dozen Friday with a couple more entering the race and a former city attorney publicly announcing his candidacy.

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According to the City Clerk's Office, 37 potential candidates had filed a statement of intent by late afternoon, with Frederic C. Shultz and Jane Glasson doing so Friday.

The majority of the potential candidates have pulled nomination papers, including former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, who did so earlier this week, but publicly announced he was in the running Friday.

"Returning the city of San Diego to the people of San Diego is the reason I want to be your next mayor,'' Aguirre told reporters.

City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez also are in the running, as is former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has filed also her intention statement and pulled nomination papers, although she has yet to announce whether she has officially joined the race.

They join Jon Francis Cima; lawyer Hud Collins, a frequent speaker at City Council meetings; Bruce Coons, head of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation; real estate broker Gwen Coronado; Paul Michael Dekker, whose website says is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; La Jolla Realtor Harry J. Dirks; Marcus Dunlap; physician Steven Greenwald; James Grogan; Fred Charles Hill; musician Aaron Hudson; Mathew "Eyeball'' Isom; Michael Kemmer, whose LinkedIn page says he's an IT intern at Sempra Energy; Toby Joe Lewandoski; Chad McKinney; Dallas McLaughlin; accountant Teresa Miucci; restaurant owner Sina "Simon'' Moghadam; psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; Richard Pearson; website owner Tobiah Pettus; gun rights advocate Lincoln Pickard; Farrah Pirahanchi, whose LinkedIn page says she's the president of engineering firm Pioneer; 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; Ali Seaton; Kevin Swanson; and Keith Wong, whose LinkedIn page says he's the former director of engineering at Qualcomm.

Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies, and Douglas S. Van Raam have declared their intent to run, but have yet to pull nomination papers, according to the City Clerk's Office.

The nomination papers need to be returned with 200 valid signatures of registered voters between Friday and Sept. 20. As of Friday evening, no candidate has done so.

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thompsonrichard | September 14, 2013 at 1:53 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Lori Saldana got my vote in the then newly-drawn 52nd Congressional District Primary Election; I also waved one of her signs more recently, during the Coronado July 4th Parade at Fifth and Orange. One woman said that my waving of an outdated sign, although -- as I thought, patriotic -- was illegal on July 4th. Fortunately, some high school students were busy chalking slogans on Orange Avenue at the time, 11:39 a.m. (And I waved her off to them).

Former City Attorney Mike Aquirre apparently used to drive Jan Goldsmith bananas -- a big plus in my view. I received an email from $600,000 yearly salary Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jerry Sanders endorsing Kevin Faulconer. Why does someone who has retired on disability as police chief, and whose career was exclusively in the public sector, get hired by the Chamber of Commerce anyway? I'd much rather vote for the taxicab owner operator than anyone our former mayor would endorse.

I'm still hoping to get information from you -- my reader -- on the best candidate to replace "disgraced" Bob Filner. Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds killed him politically. He was lynched, not disgraced. None of the candidate will receive the quarter million votes Filner got in the November 2012 election..

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Derek | September 14, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

I think it's time to switch from our antiquated "first past the post" election system to a single transferable vote system such as Instant Runoff Voting or Condorcet. It will guarantee that the winner achieves over 50% of the votes, while giving third party candidates a better chance at gaining votes. Of course that means the Republicans and Democrats will oppose it.

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laplayaheritage | September 14, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Councilman David Alvarez stated today that he is pleased with the existing Plaza de Panama parking and circulation changes. Councilman Alvarez does not see a need for the Bypass Bridge and $25 million taxpayer funded Paid Parking structure.

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UptownActivist | September 15, 2013 at 10:06 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

As Mayor, Bruce Coons will continue the Progressive vision that San Diegans voted for in November 2012.

Bruce's management skills and his win-win philosophy have been critical to success both in protecting San Diego's historic resources and heightening public awareness of its heritage.

Councilmember Alvarez is flip flopping on the Balboa Park/Jacobs Plan. His voting record is just the opposite of his most current position. Council member Sherri Lightner was the ONLY council vote to oppose the Jacobs Plan.

"Bruce Coons has a solid record of fighting for issues and causes important to the residents of our communities. He recognizes that the city is at a crossroads. He has a unique perspective about what works and does not work in San Diego, with an insider's understanding of problems and solutions. Bruce is now ready to turn his tireless energies and experience to the role of mayor for all San Diegans."

Check out his website or "like" his Facebook page at

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MarineRoom | September 15, 2013 at 6:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

I am partial to Aguirre, but will entertain others if necessary, like Alvarez or Saldaña or Coons. Things still so unstable, too early to tell.

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