Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
Filner Is In
It's official, after weeks of speculation Congressman Bob Filner has entered the race to become San Diego's next mayor.
Filner is the first high-profile Democratic candidate to announce his candidacy. He joins Republican candidates Bonnie Dumanis, Nathan Fletcher, and councilmember Carl DeMaio.
Last week Democratic State Senator Christine Kehoe formed an exploratory committee.
Hours before Filner announced his candidacy, the local Republican party launched their own campaign aimed at discrediting Filner and his run for mayor.
“The mayoralty is a critical leadership role for our city, not a retirement plan for washed up politicians,” said the former chairman of San Diego's Republican party, Ron Nehring. “Bob Filner’s days in the House are numbered, and he knows it.”
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