Former assemblywoman Lori Saldana eschews bid for mayor, endorses Alvarez

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Former Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldana backed
out of the San Diego mayor's race Wednesday and threw her support behind Councilman
David Alvarez.

The area's progressive leaders attempted to draft Saldana for the Nov.
19 special election to finish the term of Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace
last month. She filed papers signaling her intent to run, but her campaign
stalled when Alvarez gained the endorsement of the San Diego and Imperial
Counties Labor Council, an umbrella group that represents unions in the region.

Alvarez is in his third year on City Council, representing Barrio Logan
and South San Diego neighborhoods.

“David's commitment to standing up for our communities tells me he's
the best choice,” Saldana said. “David has a strong record of supporting
neighborhoods and protecting the environment, and San Diegans can count on him
to do the same as mayor.”

Also today, the Neighborhood Market Association endorsed former
Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for mayor. The association represents 500
independent retailers.

On Monday, Fletcher gained backing from the California Small Business
Association.

He is also supported by several individual unions, including those
representing the city of San Diego's white collar workers, firefighters and
lifeguards. He has also been endorsed by Union Plumbers and Pipefitters Local
230 and the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a Republican who represents the city's beach
areas and Point Loma, has been endorsed by the San Diego Hotel-Motel
Association and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is led by CEO
Jerry Sanders, Filner's predecessor in the mayor's office.

Filner resigned in disgrace Aug. 30, with more than three years left on
his four-year term. If no one candidate receives the majority of the votes Nov.
19, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held.

Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre posted “An Open Letter to San Diego
Voters” on his campaign website today, soliciting their judgment on issues
they want addressed by the next mayor.

“As your mayor I will provide you full disclosure of the facts
underlying our common problems,” Aguirre wrote. “My platform will not be a
set of promises. To paraphrase President Kennedy, it will be a set of
challenges, summing up not what I intend to offer the people of San Diego but
what I intend to ask of them.”

The first debate is scheduled for Friday afternoon, which will be part
of the 2013 California Asian Business Summit.

A spokesman for the organizers said Aguirre, Alvarez and Faulconer, and
that Fletcher declined to participate.

The debate is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter hotel.

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