Former assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is joining the race for San Diego Mayor, the City Clerk’s office confirmed Friday.
Saldaña has declared her intent to run and joins a growing field of nearly 30 candidates who have thrown their hats into the mayoral race following Bob Filner’s official resignation on Aug. 30.
According to the Twitter page for the San Diego City Clerk’s office, Saldaña was among seven candidates to pull papers for the mayoral position on Friday. The others include Tobiah Pettus, Farrah Pirahanchi, Lincoln Pickard, Kurt Schwab, Mark Schwartz and Ali Seaton.
Other candidates in the race, so far, include: David Tasem, Mark Schwartz, Jared Mimms, Kurt Schwab, Ashok Parameswaran, Paul Dekker, Hud Collins, Harry J. Dirks, Teresa Miucci, Michael Kemmer, Bruce Coons, Marcus Dunlap and Fred Hill.
The close of the nominating period is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Until a new city leader is in place, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria will continue to serve as interim mayor.
Last year, Saldaña ran against Scott Peters to represent the 52nd Congressional District. That primary political race was extremely close – with just over 700 votes separating the two candidates. In the end, Peters won the primary and then went on to beat Republican Brian Bilbray for the seat.