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San Diego Special Election Mayoral Candidates

David Alvarez

Councilman David Alvarez is running for mayor.

Councilman David Alvarez is running for mayor.


Councilmember David Alvarez is a former social services worker and after-school teacher. He was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2010.


Party Affiliation: Democrat


San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, Bruce Coons, Donna Frye, Lori Saldana, City Councilmember Myrtle Cole, City Councilmember Marti Emerald, Former Democratic party heads, Maureen Steiner, Bob Jellison, Keenan Kaeder, Environmental Health, and Justice Campaign — non profit environmental group, San Diego County Democrats, Progressive San Diego, Bruce Coons, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Historic Barrios Community Leaders, SDSU, Sierra Club

Separating Alvarez From Faulconer: The Political Issues

Looking beyond the personal, what are the political issues defining the race between David Alvarez and his opponent, Republican Kevin Faulconer?

Boy From The Barrio: David Alvarez And The Race To Be San Diego Mayor

As the Nov. 19th election approaches, KPBS explores the motivations and history of San Diego's native son, David Alvarez.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate David Alvarez

First-term Councilman David Alvarez is said by some to be the progressive voice in this Mayoral special election. We'll find out where he stands on policy and politics.

Kevin Faulconer

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer talks in front of supporters at his mayoral c...

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer talks in front of supporters at his mayoral campaign launch.


Councilmember Kevin Faulconer was elected to the Second District in January 2006 after winning a special election. He is serving his second and final 4-year term.


Party Affiliation: Republican


Former mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego Regional Chamber Of Commerce, San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association, San Diego Port Tenants Association, City Councilmember Lorie Zapf, City Councilmember Mark Kersey, City Councilmember Scott Sherman, Latino American Political Association

Kevin Faulconer’s Run Down The Middle

Faulconer is backed by the Republican Party but is distancing himself from the GOP

Kevin Faulconer has the Republican Party firmly on his side in his race for San Diego mayor. But Faulconer’s campaign is working to distance him from the GOP.

‘Not The Loudest Guy In The Room’

Kevin Faulconer’s Path To The San Diego Mayor’s Race

Kevin Faulconer is often described by the three-C adage, "calm, cool and collected," but a thorough look at his background shows more.

Kevin Faulconer's Midday Interview

Our series of San Diego mayoral candidate interviews continues with San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer.