Multiple sources: Carl DeMaio is leaning towards run for San Diego mayor

Decision to be announced Tuesday

SAN DIEGO - Multiple sources told Team 10 Thursday that in recent weeks, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio has told his close supporters that he is leaning towards a run for mayor.

One source said DeMaio made his intention known as far back as three weeks ago. Another source said DeMaio made his plans known two weeks ago.

DeMaio, a Republican, has been raising money for a congressional run against incumbent Rep. Scott Peters.

DeMaio issued a news release Thursday afternoon that stated he would announce his decision at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, after the long holiday weekend.

Calls to DeMaio were referred to Dave McCulloch, his spokesman.

"We are continuing to talk to people from all walks of life," McCulloch said, adding, "we haven't decided. Carl will announce his intention Tuesday."

"We already endorsed Carl for Congress," said T.J. Zane, president and CEO of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County.

The club takes a "pro-prosperity" position, regardless of political affiliation, according to its website.

Zane said no decision has been made regarding the mayor's office, and they just got some new polling back and are "evaluating the results of the poll now."

He added the club could be a week away from a final position.

If DeMaio does run for mayor, he would face a number of candidates who have declared their candidacy, including former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

"Looks like the unions are quickly lining up behind Fletcher -- what is he anyway?" said Bill Lynch, chair of the Lincoln Club.

Fletcher is a former Republican who later became an Independent, and ultimately joined the Democratic Party. He currently works for Qualcomm.

On Thursday, Fletcher received the endorsements from the San Diego Municipal Employees Association and the San Diego Firefighters Union IAFF Local 145.

Six other candidates have filed forms stating their intention to run: Tobiah Pettus, a website owner; Jared Mimms, whose Linkedin page states he has founded or co-founded four companies (his city of residence is listed as Poway, which is outside San Diego city limits); psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; 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; and David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business.

Several other people still could possibly file for a mayoral bid, including Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer and Democratic Council President Todd Gloria.

The City Clerk's Office is proposing the special primary election be held Nov. 19.

Mayor Bob Filner is resigning effective Friday amid many accusations of sexual harassment, though he has denied all accusations and proclaimed his innocence.

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