Carl DeMaio, San Diego's Next Mayor?

By Mark Heaslet and Lindsay Hood
|  Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 1:21 PM PDT
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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.

"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.

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.
 

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