NBC 7 has learned that former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre will throw his hat into the ring as a mayoral candidate in the upcoming special election.
On Friday, Aguirre confirmed to two NBC 7 reporters that he plans to run for mayor of San Diego now that Bob Filner has resigned.
Aguirre served as City Attorney from 2004 to 2008 and was a controversial figure in San Diego politics. He lost the re-election to current City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.
As city attorney, Aguirre promised to fight political establishment. In the process, he acquired many critics. During his term, Aguirre and Mayor Jerry Sanders often publically disagreed.
Recently, Aguirre has served as an attorney for consumer groups fighting big business and utilities.
Meanwhile, Carl DeMaio – who lost to Bob Filner in last November’s election – says he’ll announce his decision on whether or not to run for mayor again on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Nathan Fletcher, another mayoral candidate from last year, has also announced his candidacy for the special election, which is set to take place on Nov. 19. In all, more than a dozen people have decided to run.