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Ex-Assemblywoman Saldaña Makes Bid For San Diego Mayor Official

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Lori Saldaña announces her candidacy for San Diego mayor, Jan. 28, 2015.

Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña Announces Candidacy For San Diego Mayor

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Andrew Bowen, KPBS Reporter

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Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña formally announced her candidacy for mayor of San Diego Thursday. Saldaña represented San Diego in the Assembly from 2004 to 2010.

Former state legislator Lori Saldaña today formally announced her bid to challenge incumbent Kevin Faulconer for mayor of San Diego.

Saldaña enters the race as an independent. She left the Democratic Party in 2014 following disputes with local leaders and a growing antipathy for party politics.

Faulconer has been all but unopposed since Gretchen Newsom, political director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in San Diego, ended her campaign in early December for personal reasons.

At a news conference, Saldaña blasted the mayor's record on infrastructure.

Saldaña, who has yet to begin fundraising for her campaign, said, "For those who ask if this is a ridiculous quest, I have to tell you that I was the daughter of career marine. He taught me that some battles are worth fighting, some challenges are worth taking on no matter what the odds are."

Saldaña grew up in Clairemont, graduated from San Diego State University, taught business information technology and coached basketball and field hockey at several schools. She served in the Assembly from 2004-2010.

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