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Mayoral Candidates Hit Pavement on Final Campaign Weekend

David Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher, Kevin Faulconer and Mike Aguirre canvassed local neighborhoods and spoke with voters

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Nov 16, 2013  |  Updated 3:10 PM PDT
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The top candidates in San Diego’s mayoral race hit the pavement Saturday to kick off the final campaign weekend before Tuesday’s special election.

Front-runners David Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher, Kevin Faulconer and Mike Aguirre each held their own “vote walks,” canvassing different neighborhoods across San Diego County.

The candidates and their campaign volunteers went door-to-door speaking with voters about the election. They also manned their campaign phone banks, calling locals to secure votes.

Alvarez hit Naval Base San Diego and Kearny Mesa, among other parts of the county. He was also scheduled to attend the Asian Film Festival and fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. He was enthusiastic as volunteers rallied around him before hitting the streets.

For his part, Fletcher met with voters in Mira Mesa and Kensington, among other neighborhoods. He said he was looking forward to Tuesday.

“I’m ready [for Election Day], there’s no doubt. I’m ready for the next phase,” he said.

Meanwhile, Faulconer and his group of more than 150 volunteers canvassed neighborhoods from Rancho Bernardo to San Ysidro in an effort to drive voters to the polls.

“I can’t wait for Tuesday to come,” said Faulconer. “Tuesday is our opportunity to get this city back on track.”

Finally, Aguirre and his campaign volunteers spoke with voters in Encanto and Paradise Hills, among other communities.

“You never know what’s going to happen. We’re hoping to get all of those undecided voters to move over to the Aguirre side,” he said.

All four candidates said they planned to campaign until the very end. Their schedules are all jam-packed through Election Day.

On Friday evening, Aguirre, Faulconer, Fletcher and Alvarez visited NBC 7 San Diego and faced off in the final debate before voters cast their ballots in the race for mayor.

The candidates answered questions for an hour on subjects ranging their personalities and character, to past behavior and experience. The entire debate can be seen by downloading the NBC 7 San Diego Podcast on iTunes.

The politician who wins San Diego’s special election will fill the position left vacant by former embattled mayor Bob Filner. Filner resigned in late August amid a highly-publicized scandal involving allegations of sexual harassment against a multitude of women.

Filner pleaded guilty to criminal charges last month involving several victims of sexual harassment.

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