Various Authors noon, Jan. 26
DeMaio vows to stay until last vote is counted
Two days after suffering a defeat to Bob Filner in the race to become the next mayor, Carl DeMaio issued a statement, one intended to "unify" San Diegans. But that's not all, while saying he is willing to help the mayor-elect in his transition to office, DeMaio also seemed to hold out some hope for a different outcome. Here is his statement:
*San Diego is an amazing city - and it is time to come together to put the best interests of our city first.
All the votes are still being counted, but as the current tally shows us coming up short, I intend to support Bob Filner as he begins transition efforts. Nevertheless I want to assure every San Diegan that we shall ensure every vote is counted, and we shall accept the final outcome of this race.
I want to thank the tens of thousands of San Diegans who supported me in this election - and the thousands of San Diegans who took an active role in our campaign by walking neighborhoods, donating funds, volunteering on phone banks, and organizing events.
We have much to celebrate and be proud of.
We found a city that was hiding a severe financial crisis and we brought that crisis to public light.
We defined a bold "Reform Agenda" to fix the city's financial problems and hold government accountable to the people.
We successfully implemented that "Reform Agenda" to balance the city's budget and reform the city's unsustainable pension system.
While other cities are declaring bankruptcy and slashing services, San Diego is on the rebound and is now considered a national model thanks to your efforts!
While this is an end of a campaign for me, I want to assure you it is not the end of my service to San Diegans.
I intend to stay actively engaged in standing up for the interests of San Diego taxpayers.
I pledge to help the new Mayor and City Council in any way I can. We are handing off a city with a solid financial foundation, and it is my hope that the new Mayor and City Council build on that foundation and stay on the course to full financial and economic recovery for our city.
Thank you again San Diego. Our city has a bright future, and it is up to all of us to work together to achieve that future.*