Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre enters San Diego mayoral race

Aguirre served as city attorney from 2004-2008

SAN DIEGO - The field of potential candidates in the Nov. 19 special election to finish out the term of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner grew to more than three dozen Friday, with a couple more entering the race and a former city attorney publicly announcing his candidacy.

According to the City Clerk's Office, 37 potential candidates had filed a statement of intent by late afternoon, with Frederic C. Shultz and Jane Glasson doing so Friday.

The majority of the potential candidates have pulled nomination papers, including former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, who did so earlier this week, but publicly announced he was in the running Friday.

"Returning the city of San Diego to the people of San Diego is the reason I want to be your next mayor," Aguirre told reporters at a press briefing.

Aguirre acknowledged being what he called a combatant in the past, but he said as mayor, he would bring people together.

Aguirre said he is a better man today that if he would have been re-elected to be city attorney.

"An attorney has to be a combatant … I think all of you will agree I was known for that … A mayor has to be a consensus-builder. My goal is to be known as a consensus builder," Aguirre said at his press briefing.

Aguirre served as city attorney from 2004-2008, but he lost his bid for re-election to current City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

During his time in office, Aguirre was criticized for publicly fighting with then-Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council.

He spent much of his term battling to reverse pension he deals he said were granted illegally.

Aguirre, who has been in private practice since leaving public office, said voters have a lot to learn about him.

In a press release, Aguirre said, "The events of the last few weeks provide San Diegans with an historic opportunity for a better way to conduct the people's business. Let us propose a 'New Politics' for San Diego -- one that is not based on endorsements, special-interest contributions, private agendas, or the self-interested few."

City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez also are in the running, as is former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has filed also her intention statement and pulled nomination papers, although she has yet to announce whether she has officially joined the race.

They join Jon Francis Cima;  lawyer Hud Collins, a frequent speaker at City Council meetings; Bruce Coons, head of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation; real estate broker Gwen Coronado; Paul Michael Dekker, whose website says is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; La Jolla Realtor Harry J. Dirks; Marcus Dunlap; physician Steven Greenwald; James Grogan; Fred Charles Hill; musician Aaron Hudson; Mathew "Eyeball" Isom; Michael Kemmer, whose LinkedIn page says he's an IT intern at Sempra Energy; Toby Joe Lewandoski; Chad McKinney; Dallas McLaughlin; accountant Teresa Miucci; restaurant owner Sina "Simon" Moghadam; psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; Richard Pearson; website owner Tobiah Pettus; gun rights advocate Lincoln Pickard; Farrah Pirahanchi, whose LinkedIn page says she's the president of engineering firm Pioneer; Kurt Schwab, who founded an organization for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq; Mark Schwartz, a Libertarian activist who created a Facebook page for his campaign last month; Ali Seaton; Kevin Swanson;  and Keith Wong, whose LinkedIn page says he's the former director of engineering at Qualcomm.

Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies, and Douglas S. Van Raam have declared their intent to run, but has yet to pull nomination papers, according to the City Clerk's Office.

The nomination papers need to be returned with 200 valid signatures of registered voters between today and Sept. 20. As of this evening, no candidate has done so.

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