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Three key Democrats file to run for San Diego mayor in 2020

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 20:51:36-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Three prominent Democrats have filed papers with the City of San Diego declaring their intention to run for mayor in 2020.

San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, and Congressman Scott Peters all submitted documents to the City Clerk, allowing them to fund raise for the 2020 primary on March 3.

They would replace Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, who is termed out in 2020.

Bry formally announced her candidacy on Wednesday. She said her experience as a high tech entrepreneur and nonprofit leader give her a unique approach to tackling key city issues like cost of housing, homelessness, clean energy, and educating students for the jobs of tomorrow.

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"We will be building a grassroots campaign with hundreds of volunteers and neighborhood coffees all over the city," Bry said. "That will be very important for me to get my message out and to meet people and to learn about their issues."

Peters, recently re-elected to the House of Representatives, was in Washington D.C. and unavailable for an interview. A spokeswoman for the Congressman said he formed an exploratory committee but has made no decision yet as to whether to run.

A spokesman for Gloria, who served as interim mayor after Bob Filner resigned in 2013, would only say "stay tuned."

Political analyst John Dadian said he expects Republicans to file to run for the spot soon. The job is technically non-partisan.

"Even though they're all Democrats, don't look at it as a monolith," he said. "They all have supporters for different reasons. They all have championed different issues."

So far, six people have filed to run for mayor in 2020. In addition to Bry, Gloria and Peters, J'Erek Evans, Cedric Greene, and Rich Riel have filed papers.