Former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana files forms indicating intent to run for San Diego mayor

Saldana did not make official announcement

SAN DIEGO - Former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana told 10News Friday she filled out forms that indicate her intent to run for San Diego mayor, but said she did not have an official announcement to make.

Saldana told 10News reporter Allison Ash that she filed the necessary paperwork, but they did not make it online. She told Ash she is meeting with the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Friday night.

Saldana becomes the 27th candidate in the Nov. 19 mayoral special election. The two-week nominating period began Friday, the City Clerk's Office said.

Among the candidates who filed paperwork were Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

The papers need to be returned with 200 valid signatures of registered voters by Sept. 20.

The field also includes lawyer Hud Collins, a frequent speaker at City Council meetings; Bruce Coons, head of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organization; Paul Michael Dekker, who, according to his website, is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; and Harry J. Dirks, a La Jolla Realtor.

Also intending to run are Marcus Dunlap; physician Steven Greenwald; James Grogan; Fred Charles Hill; Aaron Hudson; Michael Kemmer, whose LinkedIn page says he's an IT intern at Sempra Energy; and Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies.

The candidates list also includes accountant Teresa Miucci, psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; website owner Tobiah Pettus; gun rights advocate Lincoln Pickard; Ali Seaton; 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; Kevin Swanson; David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business; Toby Joe Lewandoski, Farrah Pirahnchi, Matthew T. Isom and Keith Wong.

Additionally, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre has told multiple news outlets that he plans to run.

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