SAN DIEGO (AP) — A first-term city councilman considered a progressive Democrat has joined the crowded field of San Diego mayoral contenders.
Councilman David Alvarez announced Thursday that he plans to run in the upcoming special election that was called after former Mayor Bob Filner resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
Alvarez is a Democrat who draws support from working-class neighborhoods and shares many of the same political views as Filner.
City elections are nonpartisan, but party affiliation brings money and organizational muscle. Democrats have a 13-point lead in voter registration. Filner was the first Democrat to lead the city in 20 years and only the second in four decades.
The race has more than a dozen candidates so far.
If no candidate wins a majority, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff.
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