San Diego City Council appoints Ed Harris to fill District 2 vacancy

Seat left empty by Mayor Kevin Faulconer

SAN DIEGO - Ed Harris, a retired Marine and longtime lifeguard, was appointed Monday to serve out the remaining seven months of Kevin Faulconer's term for District 2 on the City Council.

The seat representing the beach and bay district was vacated March 3 when Faulconer was sworn in as mayor. A special election for his replacement wasn't held because only eight months remain in the term.

Harris, who heads the city's lifeguard union, received support from council members David Alvarez, Mark Kersey, Sherri Lightner, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf.

The 49-year-old Point Loma resident won the seat in two rounds of voting and immediately took the oath of office.

"I am extremely humbled," Harris said. He said he hoped the other 16 candidates who sought the position would help him during his term.

Alvarez said Harris can get up to speed as a City Council member quickly because of his knowledge of how the city works.

"He has dealt with issues with me as a council member, and with all the council members, that are really, really important to our city," Alvarez said. "I think he's well prepared to take on the job."

Alvarez and his colleagues praised the high quality of all the candidates.

Twenty people were expected to seek the appointment, but former council staffers Ricardo Flores and Don Mullen, and lawyer Wayne Raffesberger, withdrew their candidacies.

Karl Strauss Brewing Co. co-founder Christopher Cramer, LeSar Development Communications Director Gretchen Kinney Newsom, and ex-Assemblyman Michael Howard Wayne were the others who received votes.

None of the council members voted for lawyer Bryan Pease, who obtained a court order Friday allowing him to be considered.

Harris will serve until the winner of this year's election is seated, which City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said would be Dec. 8 or Dec. 10. All of the candidates for appointment agreed not to enter the campaign for the June 3
primary election.

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