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San Diego Mayoral Runoff Set For February 11

City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez.
Angela Carone
City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez.

The City Council Tuesday set Feb. 11 as the date for a runoff election for San Diego mayor, which will pit two of its members against each other.

The date was proposed by City Clerk Elizabeth Maland, who said she had to take into account numerous factors, including giving the county Registrar of Voters up to 28 days to certify results of the Nov. 19 special election, allowing the state-mandated 29 days of early voting, and avoiding holidays.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer was the top vote-getter last month with 42 percent. He'll face David Alvarez, who gained 27 percent. A recent poll showed the two in a dead heat for the runoff.

The winner will finish the nearly three years remaining in the term of Bob Filner, who stepped down in disgrace Aug. 30. Council President Todd Gloria has been filling in since then.

"It's been a tough year, there's been a lot of uncertainty,'' said Councilman Scott Sherman. "I think, Mr. Mayor, you're doing a fabulous job but we need the certainty of this election -- to whichever colleague of mine wins the mayoral position. I'd just like to see it get done as quickly as possible to get things behind us.''

Maland said the registrar's office estimates the runoff will cost between $4 million and $4.5 million. The city of Solana Beach has already scheduled an election for Feb. 11, so some costs could be shared, she said.

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