Fletcher launches campaign for mayor
Nathan Fletcher is banking on voters wanting a new generation of leadership that is younger and more innovative in dealing with the City's problems. His theme will be jobs, education, experience and a strong economy.
Fletcher packed a room with some 200 supporters at a leading medical technology company in Sorrento Valley on Monday to emphasize the City's future is in innovation.
“It's time to turn the page. It's time for new energy, a new vision. It's time for a new generation of leaders not tied to the gridlock or problems of the past to step forward and lead,” said Fletcher
Fletcher's name is on 21 pieces of legislation in Sacramento. He says that demonstrates his ability to bring people together and get things done. He wants to lead this new generation and take San Diego into a brighter future with better jobs, stronger schools, and a more innovative city government.
“I want to elevate our politics, I want to lift our city, I want to be your next mayor,” he said.
Nathan Fletcher is the third marquee name to announce a run for the mayor's office. Councilmember Carl DeMaio announced Sunday, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced a few months ago. Christine Kehoe is out there testing the waters, and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is still on the fence.
One other marquee name is Congressman Bob Filner, who most political observers believe will enter the race soon. Unofficially, Carl DeMaio has been running for mayor for quite some time, and he's gained traction for his repeated calls to reform the pension system. Currently, he's the only candidate with a plan.
“They say they're for pension reform, but they won't tell you what they're (going to) do. I'm not only telling you what I'm doing, I'm actually getting it done right now, so I challenge anyone who wants to run for mayor, come forward with your plan to fix the pension,” DeMaio said on Good Morning San Diego.
“I will take a position on it, but not until I've seen a full fiscal analysis, financial forecasting, and legal analysis, because this is too important a decision to get it wrong,” Fletcher said.
So the race is on, and we're still a year away from the June primary.