Goldsmith to run again, Fletcher raises big money

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced Thursday that he will run for re-election next year, while Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher upped the ante in the mayor's race by announcing $300,000 in donations.

In an advance copy of a letter to supporters, Goldsmith wrote that he was proud that his office “was a bright spot” during rough times for the city of San Diego.

“In less than 36 months, our office — one of the largest law firms in San Diego with over 135 lawyers — has been rebuilt into a well-run and effective municipal law firm,” Goldsmith wrote. “We have some of the best and brightest lawyers in San Diego working to help our city through these tough times.”

Goldsmith defeated incumbent Mike Aguirre in 2008 and immediately moved to transform the office and resolve the myriad of lawsuits filed by his predecessor.

San Diego will have a new mayor and at least two new council members at the end of next year, and will have to deal with new financial demands placed on it by the state of California, according to Goldsmith.

He said the changes call for “stability and competence” among the city leadership.

Meanwhile, Fletcher, R-San Diego, claimed in a letter to his backers that “in just 25 days in June, we raised well over $300,000.” He said about 75 percent of the money was generated locally.

Campaigns are preparing to file their first financial reports with the City Clerk's Office, which will detail donations made up to June 30. Candidates have only been able to raise funds since early last month.

Fletcher is opposed by Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego.

Also today, Mark Kersey announced he has raised $33,000 for his effort to replace DeMaio, who in trying to replace termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders is giving up his council seat.

Kersey, a telecommunications consultant who lives in Rancho Bernardo, said he kicked in an additional $30,500 himself, in addition to $15,00 he spent to kick-start his campaign.

The second new council member will come from a ninth district that will be created. Additionally, incumbents Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria and Sherri Lightner are running for re-election with no opposition so far.

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