Carl DeMaio, San Diego's Next Mayor?

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    San Diego's mayoral election isn't until next year, but one city councilman already has his eye on the seat.

    District 5 councilman Carl DeMaio filed papers on Wednesday, but says he hasn't decided whether or not to go forward.

    In a statement to the Voice of San Diego, DeMaio said fixing the city's budget issues is his main priority.

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    "Fixing the City's pension and budget problems are my top priorities, and if running for Mayor will advance fiscal reform of our city, I will do it," DeMaio told VOSD. "As I weigh this decision whether to run, I will be spending the next several weeks talking to supporters and listening to residents across our city to seek their advice and ideas. Since I'm actively considering and discussing a possible race for Mayor, I have filed a ‘Candidate Intention' form with the City Clerk's office as required by law."

    DeMaio is not allowed to fundraise until June, which is one year before the election, VOSD reports.

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    DeMaio is a fiscal conservative who successfully campaigned against Proposition D, the November ballot measure that would have raised the sales tax by a half-cent

    Mayor Jerry Sanders is not eligible for re-election due to term limits.