Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre files paperwork, will run for San Diego mayor

Special election scheduled for Nov. 19

SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre filed paperwork with the City Clerk's Office Monday, indicating he will run in the Nov. 19 special election to serve the remainder of former Mayor Bob Filner's term.

Aguirre served as city attorney from 2004 to 2008, losing a re-election bid to Jan Goldsmith in 2008.

Goldsmith, who often disagreed with Filner, had a spirited campaign against Aguirre.

"The message is clear, the city attorney should not be a would-be mayor," Goldsmith said in 2008 during his campaign against Aguirre, which led to a run-off election. "The city attorney should not be a politician operating out of the City Attorney's Office."

Goldsmith accused Aguirre of pandering for headlines instead of following the letter of the law.

During much of his tenure, Aguirre battled to reverse pension deals he said were granted illegally and contributed to San Diego's retirement fund debt of more than $1 billion.

Since leaving public office, Aguirre has been an attorney in private practice. His law firm, Aguirre, Morris & Severson, is registered with the city as a lobbyist.

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