Who’s Running for Mayor of San Diego?

A look at the ups and downs of this year’s mayoral candidates

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Here's a quick summary of the two candidates who remain in the race for mayor. The two defeated major candidates Bonnie Dumanis and Nathan Fletcher in the June primary election.


    BOB FILNER is a liberal Democratic congressman representing the 51st congressional district, near the U.S. border with Mexico. During his campaign, he has emphasized his support of veteran’s issues and labor union representation.

    Campaign highlights: Filner is the only candidate to oppose Proposition B – a pension reform plan crafted by his opponent Carl DeMaio and approved by voters in June. While this has earned him the support of many, like labor unions, who opposed the measure, he was slow to produce his own pension reform plan. When he did, critics said his plan’s weight on refinancing the pension debt was too risky.

    Prop B Could Delay Public Safety Hiring

    [DGO] Prop B Could Delay Public Safety Hiring
    Hiring for public safety positions could be delayed for months as a result of the recently passed legislation Proposition B.

    Here’s our and Voice of San Diego's most recent San Diego Explained video of Bob Filner. You can also check out our coverage of his campaign over the past several months here.


    CARL DEMAIO

    is a conservative Republican candidate currently representing City Council District 5. Early in his campaign, he focused on advocating for the pension reform ballot measure,

    Prop B

    , which he helped to create.

    Campaign Highlights: DeMaio has fought aggressively to promote Prop B and has focused his campaign on the fiscal and economic improvements he would like to make as mayor. He also plans to making San Diego's crumbling infrastructure a priority if elected. Labor union advocates are among his harshest critics.

    Here’s our and Voice of San Diego's most recent San Diego Explained video of Carl DeMaio. You can also check out our coverage of his campaign over the past several months here.


    For more on the issues voters will be weighing in on, check out our political coverage on our Decision 2012 page.