Big names promise campaign announcements: 15 candidates officially running for San Diego mayor

Leaders weigh endorsement options

SAN DIEGO - Politicians usually take Labor Day off, but not this year. Mayor Bob Filner's resignation has thrust San Diego into an unexpected election season.

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria spent the entire holiday weekend in the spotlight.

He started at Monday's Padres game talking to voters. Hours later, 10News caught with him in Mission Bay, where he toured the bays and met with lifeguards.

He made numerous appearances, answering the big question if he will run for mayor.

"It's been a long weekend and I am prepared to make a decision tomorrow," he said.

Gloria has vowed to clean up the mess left behind by Filner. He plans to dig in Tuesday, he says, tackling a long to do list.

Gloria's announcement will not be the only one.

Carl DeMaio will hold a news conference Tuesday morning. He tells 10News he took the long holiday weekend to consider the options. He has been raising money for a congressional run against Rep. Scott Peters next year.

10News first reported on Friday former City Attorney Mike Aguirre's intention to run. 10News spoke with Aguirre on Monday.

"I will be doing it tomorrow, getting my reservation in … hopefully they will find a space … I hope they haven't used up their reservations, that they'll still have enough time, but I'm confident that there will be," he said.

The private practice attorney spent much of his tenure battling pension deals he says were granted illegally. 

As the pool continues to grow, three high-profile candidates are all expected to make it official on Tuesday.

Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was the first notable candidate to announce a run. He is among 15 candidates who are officially running for mayor.

At a Labor Day rally in Escondido, former labor leader and current Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez told 10News the field needs to settle before she can commit to an endorsement.

"I think in the next few days I'll be making a decision," said former labor leader and current Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. "But I'm leaning towards one candidate. I think by the end of the week I'll be making an endorsement."

It is the same with the Democratic Party, which will decide during a Sept. 17 meeting.

"Candidates who want to apply will do the questionnaire, they'll come up and speak and we'll make that decision," said Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego Democratic Party.

"This is going to be an incredibly unusual race," she said, referring to the short amount of time for campaigning and fundraising.

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