Mayoral runoff set for Feb. 11th

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City Council has set Feb. 11 as the date for a
runoff election for San Diego mayor, which will pit two of its members against
each other.

The date was proposed by City Clerk Elizabeth Maland, who said she had
to take into account numerous factors, including giving the county Registrar of
Voters up to 28 days to certify results of the Nov. 19 special election,
allowing the state-mandated 29 days of early voting, and avoiding holidays.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer was the top vote-getter last month with 42
percent. He'll face David Alvarez, who gained 27 percent. A recent poll showed
the two in a dead heat for the runoff.

The winner will finish the nearly three years remaining in the term of
Bob Filner, who stepped down in disgrace Aug. 30. Council President Todd Gloria
has been filling in since then.

“It's been a tough year, there's been a lot of uncertainty,” said
Councilman Scott Sherman. “I think, Mr. Mayor, you're doing a fabulous job but
we need the certainty of this election — to whichever colleague of mine wins
the mayoral position. I'd just like to see it get done as quickly as possible
to get things behind us.”

Maland said the registrar's office estimates the runoff will cost
between $4 million and $4.5 million. The city of Solana Beach has already
scheduled an election for Feb. 11, so some costs could be shared, she said.

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