U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) heads into Tuesday's primary with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher as perhaps his man to beat. Since Fletcher announced he was leaving the Republican Party to become independent in March, he has closed in on Filner who had been steadily trailing Councilman Carl DeMaio in the mayor's race. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, the top two vote-getters will face off in November.
Filner's primary competitor, in addition to Fletcher and Filner, is District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Another lesser known candidates—Tobiah Pettus—also is in the race.
In the official voters guide, Filner describes his past accomplishments and future goals for San Diego.
A quick recap:
What Filner said he has done:
- "Lived in San Diego for four decades, raised his children here and taught at SDSU."
- "Served San Diego as school board president, deputy mayor and chair of the Veterans Committee in Congress."
What Filner said he will do:
- "Stand up to the powerful special interests and fight for San Diego's middle class."
- "Make city government work for all San Diegans in all of our neighborhoods—not just downtown power brokers."
- "Work to create good paying jobs by investing in clean energy, making San Diego an alternative energy leader, and by expanding our port into a maritime center."
- "Redirect city resources to all neighborhoods by investing in our aging infrastructure and will stop public money being spent on subsidizing expensive downtown development."
- "Make improving our city schools and the future of our children a top priority."