NBC 7 Coverage of the 2014 Special Election

No Slowing Down for Mayoral Campaigns

By Liberty Zabala
|  Sunday, Feb 9, 2014  |  Updated 9:35 PM PDT
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Recent polls show David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer neck and neck in the race for San Diego mayor. Both candidates were out in full force the last weekend before the election. As NBC 7’s Liberty Zabala explains, the race has even garnered national attention.

Recent polls show David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer neck and neck in the race for San Diego mayor. Both candidates were out in full force the last weekend before the election. As NBC 7’s Liberty Zabala explains, the race has even garnered national attention.

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With just two days until the special election, the mayoral candidates were out in full force this weekend.

Both Democrat David Alvarez and Republican Kevin Faulconer were upbeat.

"I can't wait for Tuesday," Faulconer said.

"It's going to be a wonderful day on Tuesday," Alvarez echoed.

On Sunday, Faulconer greeted voters at the Rock Church then met with LGBT supporters in Hillcrest. Alvarez attended his own LGBT event at the Catamaran Hotel.

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The mayoral race is making national news. President Obama released a statement that said he was endorsing Alvarez.

However, that didn’t impress Faulconer.

"I've been so proud of our San Diego endorsement,” he said. “From the very beginning, my campaign has been supporting San Diegans, and they want a mayor that's supported by San Diegans."

Alvarez responded, "The results of that we’ll see on election night who's got the support of San Diegans."

Recent polls show the candidates in a dead heat, indicating the city is still divided. For example, the San Diego Police Officers Association has endorsed Faulconer, but the San Diego Black Police Officers Association broke off in support of Alvarez.

"I represent that majority of the values of those who live in San Diego,” Alvarez said. “San Diegans want the opportunity to be successful. They want the American dream, and that's what I stand for, That's what I've been fighting for, and that's what I'll do when I'm mayor."

"Ensuring that we have the most diverse, the most inclusive police department will absolutely occur when I'm mayor. We're a big city. We're going to reflect that in all our city departments," Faulconer said.

The campaigning doesn’t end there. On Monday, Faulconer’s camp is expected to do sign waving around the city, while Alvarez is scheduled to do a trolley tour through the city.
 

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