3 emerge as top candidates for San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO - Two Democrats and a Republican have emerged as top contenders for San Diego mayor in an election to fill the rest of the term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Ten candidates submitted the required number of signatures to appear on the Nov. 19 ballot as of early Friday afternoon, hours before the filing deadline. Another 29 took out nominating papers.

Among those submitting signatures are two-term Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer and Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican state assemblyman who recently became a Democrat.

Democratic City Councilman David Alvarez had not submitted signatures but has been actively campaigning.

The race is officially nonpartisan but party affiliation brings money and organizational muscle. If no one wins a majority, the top two finishers advance to a runoff.

The deadline for prospective candidates to file their nomination papers was at 5 p.m.

The City Clerk's Office says 19 prospective candidates for mayor of San Diego have met the filing deadline. Verification of their signatures should be completed by Wednesday.

The first scientific 10News/U-T San Diego poll conducted since the field of candidates was finalized is being done right now, and we’ll have the results Monday on 10News At 11 p.m.


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