San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal
February 11th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal

(CNN) - David Alvarez is hoping to make history.

If the 33-year-old first-term Democratic San Diego city councilman wins Tuesday's special election, he'll become San Diego's first Hispanic mayor.

Alvarez faces off against Republican Kevin Faulconer, another city councilman, who if elected would make San Diego the largest city in the nation to have a GOP mayor.

The winner will fill out the term of former Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal last summer, just nine months after taking office.

Faulconer, 47, came out on top of a field of 11 candidates in November's first round of voting in the city's non-partisan election, with Alvarez finishing second, thanks to a strong showing in San Diego's predominantly Latino areas.

Filner was the first Democrat to serve as mayor in decades in the southern California city, which was long a Republican stronghold. But Democrats now hold an advantage over Republicans when it comes to voter registration in San Diego.

City councilman Todd Gloria has been serving as interim mayor.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Bob Filner • California
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. just asking

    seriously san diego??? voting for another democrat??? wake up and smell the democrat party of lies, deceit and corruption. do you want to follow detriot down the same path?

    February 11, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal

    NOW... Let's see...
    WHO is the MOST depraved Democrat
    WE can find in San Diego ???

    February 11, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    seriously san diego??? voting for another democrat??? wake up and smell the democrat party of lies, deceit and corruption. do you want to follow detriot down the same path?
    -----------------------
    Why do you think they elected Filner in the first place? To do what Democrats always have to do, which is fix the messes that Republicans always leave in their wake.

    February 11, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |