Faulconer to face several challengers in primary

Posted at 7:02 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 10:02:15-05
SAN DIEGO -- At least eight candidates have filed their intent to run against San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in his bid for re-election in the June primary, but that number could increase when the final tally is released by the City Clerk's Office Friday.
If Faulconer does not receive more than 50 percent of the vote, he will be forced into a runoff in November.
"Two years ago Mayor Faulconer pledged to bring our city together, and that's what he's done," Campaign Manager Jason Roe said. "City finances are back on track.
"Without raising taxes, we've prioritized hiring police, kept library and recreation centers open longer, fixed tens-of-thousands of pot holes and doubled the miles of streets repaired,” Roe's statement said. "There's more to do, and Mayor Faulconer is committed to finishing the job of restoring neighborhood services."
Only two of the challengers were considered by campaign watchers as high profile, including former Assembly member Lori Saldana and former interim city council member Ed Harris, a retired city firefighter.
Five candidates were running for City Attorney, including four Democrats and a Republican.
The list of potential candidates for District One to replace termed-out Sherri Lightner remained at five. There were four potential candidates so far running for the District Three seat. Three challengers declared their intent to run against incumbent Mark Kersey in District 5. District 7 City Councilman Scott Sherman is expected to face three challengers, and eight potential candidates have filed papers for the District 9 seat being vacated by the retiring Marti Emerald.
A spokeswoman at the City Clerk's Office said they might release the final tally later this evening via Twitter, and update their web site by some time tomorrow.