City News Service
Aides to Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, were quiet Monday on reports that he was signaling his intention to run for mayor of San Diego next year.
An attendee of a talk Filner gave at the Central Library on Sunday tweeted that Filner said he planned to run for the office currently held by Jerry Sanders, and the online communication was picked up by a number of news organizations.
Calls to Filner's offices seeking confirmation, denial or clarification had not been returned by mid-afternoon.
Filner, who has represented the 51st Congressional District in San Diego's South Bay for nearly 20 years, has long been floated as a possible candidate for other office.
Filner was reportedly talking about participating in the freedom rides of the 1960s — in which civil rights activists confronted segregationists in the South — when he made the comment about running for mayor.
So far, six candidates have filed papers declaring their intention to enter the race, including Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, according to the City Clerk's Office.