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Farrah Pirahanchi Qualifies as Write-in Candidate for Mayoral Election

The electrical engineer qualifies less than two weeks before the Nov. 19 election

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    A new, last-minute candidate has emerged in the race for San Diego’s next mayor less than two weeks before the Nov. 19 election.

    Electrical engineer Farrah Pirahanchi has qualified as a write-in candidate, according to the San Diego City Clerk’s Office.

    On her campaign page, the native of Tehran says one of her main priorities will be the beautification and maintenance of San Diego’s roads and highways. 

    Pirahanchi was unable to qualify for the September ballot, but her qualification as a write-in candidate brings the number of contenders back up to 11, following the exit of Bruce Coons last month.

    The latest polls show City Councilman Kevin Faulconer is expected to finish first, followed by former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Councilman David Alvarez tied for second.

    The winner will fill the seat left by embattled former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned on Aug. 30 amid allegations of sexual harassment.