In the race for San Diego mayor, 39 potential candidates have filed paperwork with the City Clerk’s office signaling a desire to campaign for the office.
Former Assemblymember Lori Saldaña will not be among those running.
On Wednesday, Saldaña announced she is throwing her support behind mayoral candidate City Councilmember David Alvarez.
“David Alvarez is running for mayor. I am not,” Saldaña said. “And I support him wholeheartedly in his efforts to efforts to become the next mayor of San Diego.”
Saldaña said she and Alvarez share a similar history.
They grew up in San Diego County, attended public school, graduated from San Diego State University and in their first campaigns faced opposition that later turned into support.
“She in her first campaign, just like me, worked really hard to ensure people knew who the real candidate was that supported communities,” Alvarez said.
“I’m proud to have her support,” he said.
The number of candidates has surpassed the record set in 1983.
Voters will go to the polls November 19 to select a replacement for former mayor Bob Filner who resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations.
The deadline to file for the race is Friday.