DeMaio won't run for San Diego mayor

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Updated: 9/03/2013 12:53 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A top San Diego Republican says he will sit out a special election to replace Bob Filner as mayor, and will instead continue his run for Congress.

Carl DeMaio said Tuesday he is staying in the race to unseat Scott Peters, a first-term Democrat representing California's 52nd Congressional District.

The 38-year-old former city councilman would have instantly been a front-runner in the Nov. 19 city election. He narrowly lost to Filner in last November's mayoral contest.

Filner left office Friday, resigning amid allegations that he harassed more than a dozen women.

Among candidates seeking to replace him is Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a former state assemblyman.


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