Are La Jollans ready to elect a new San Diego mayor?

San Diego mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer will square off in the Feb. 11 special runoff election.

By Pat Sherman

Two San Diego City Council members (and San Diego State University grads) are vying to fill the vacancy left by disgraced former mayor Bob Filner in the Feb. 11 special runoff election.

Republican Kevin Faulconer, representing Council District 2, received the most votes in the Nov. 19 special election (42.08 percent). Democrat David Alvarez, representing Council District 8, was the second-place finisher (at 27.13 percent).

According to the city clerk’s office, the Nov. 19 special election cost taxpayers nearly $4.7 million. The Feb. 11 mayoral runoff is estimated to cost an additional $4 million-$4.5 million.

Of the 682,449 registered voters in the City of San Diego, 242,747 voted on Nov. 19 (or 35.5 percent).

Though the race is technically nonpartisan, the candidates’ endorsements and financial contributions fall along party lines, with Faulconer receiving the lion’s share of business support (including former mayor and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders) and Alvarez supported by the city’s labor unions and Democratic leaders (including the San Diego Lifeguard Union and former city councilmember and mayoral staffer Donna Frye, who first alerted media to Filner’s pervasive harassment of women).

Faulconer, 46, is in his second term on the city council, representing many of San Diego’s beach communities. Alvarez, 33, has been on the council three years, representing lower-income communities south of Interstate 8.

For more information, visit their websites:

To vote by mail

Call the Registrar of Voters to apply for a mail ballot; complete the application card on the back of the sample ballot and voter information pamphlet; or mail a request. Applications should be sent to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123. Applications may also be faxed to (858) 694-2955.

Written requests for a mail ballot must contain name, registered address in the City of San Diego, signature and address where the ballot is to be mailed. The deadline to request a mail ballot for the special election is Feb. 4.

Election deadlines
Jan. 13: First day mail ballots will be available; first day early voting is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, San Diego County Registrar of Voters office, 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego
Jan. 27: Last day to register to vote
• Feb. 4: Last day to apply for a mail ballot, request due to Registrar’s office by 5 p.m.
Feb. 11 (Election Day): Polls and Registrar’s office open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where to catch a candidates’ debate
Alvarez and Faulconer have planned six debates leading up to the Feb. 11 special runoff election. Each will be broadcast on television or radio and moderated by media hosts, with questions coming from the moderator or a panel.

• Jan. 15: 1 p.m. taping (broadcast time TBD), KGTV 10 News (Channel 10) and KPBS News (89.5 FM/Channel 11)
• Jan. 17: 2:30 p.m. taping (broadcast time TBD), KUSI News (Channel 9/51)
Jan. 23: 6 p.m. broadcast, NBC 7 San Diego (Channel 7/39)
Jan. 26: 9 p.m. broadcast (taping January 25 at 3 p.m.), San Diego 6 the CW (Channel 6)
Jan. 30: 11 a.m. broadcast, KFMB (760 AM and Channel 8 )
Jan. 31: 6 p.m. broadcast (taping at 5 p.m.), Univision San Diego (Channel 17)

Poll locations
There will be 573 polls in the City of San Diego (including 22 in La Jolla). Your poll will be shown on the back cover of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet. You may also determine your poll location by calling (858) 565-5800 or by checking the Registrar’s website at

Poll workers needed
Poll workers are needed in all locations. They must have transportation to their assigned polling location and, depending on the job assignment, may also need Internet access to take an online training and attend a two-hour class.

Poll workers receive a stipend of $75 to $175, depending on the assignment. Those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned to fulfill a Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese assignment at a poll. To become a poll worker, call (858) 565-5800 or visit

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  3. Mayoral candidates to speak at Jewish Community Center in La Jolla
  4. Faulconer, Alvarez to face off in runoff election
  5. La Jolla Newcomers Club to host mayoral candidates

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1 Comment for “Are La Jollans ready to elect a new San Diego mayor?”

  1. Dr. Xanthi Gionis

    Unfortunately, it will take much more than a great mayor to pull San Diego out of the depths of the underbelly of the United States. The City is a disgrace throughout the nation for more than just its politics, however, it is also quite befitting that San Diego is located within the State of California. I first came to San Diego in 1968 as a child and have spent only minimal amounts of time here as it leaves a great deal to be desired. God Bless the East Coast of the U.S.A. and lend whatever help you can to my friends in California, as they will surely need it and have continued to need it for decades.

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