Matt Potter 1:52 p.m., Nov. 11
Enter number 14: More unknown candidates enter the race to replace Bob Filner
So far, as of August 29, fourteen potential candidates have filed papers with the City
Update: A version of this story will be updated as more and more candidates enter the race:
And they're off:
As the number of Mayor Bob Filner's alleged victims grows, so to does the list of candidates vying to take over power after Mayor Filner leaves office on August 30. Most of the candidate, apart from two, maybe three are unknown and considered as "fringe" candidates. Here's a rundown.
August 29: Another day, another candidate. Today, a member of San Diego's Zeitgeist Movement, Marcus Dunlap, entered the race. According to the website, the Zeitgeist Movement is focused on the threat of economic collapse and corruption in politics. This from their webpage: "Now is the time and San Diego is the place. It is time for like-minded people from all around San Diego County to work together for real, lasting solutions. Our economic system is near collapse. Government is overrun with corruption and greed. Corporations scour the Earth looking for anything they can exploit. There is a better way."
Dunlap has his own creed posted on the Zeitgeist website. "I stand for freedom and equality amongst all people. I believe that we are all ONE and the systems of the current world were designed to divide us."
As of August 29, that makes 14 people running in the special election to replace Bob Filner.
August 28: Five people jumped in the race, two of which with some level of name recognition. Those two are Executive Director for Save Our Heritage Organisation Bruce Coons and self-proclaimed fiscal watchdog, Hud Collins.
Collins, a 66-year-old attorney and regular speaker at city council meetings, ran in the last mayoral election and will likely run on many of the same issues this time around.
Coons, on the other hand, will presumably be running on one major issue; to save Balboa Park from the Irwin Jacobs' Plaza de Panama project.
Joining Coons and Collins in filing today are La Jolla real estate agent, Harry Dirks, and accountants Teresa Miucci, and Michael Kramer.
Just in the past week, even before Filner formally announced his resignation during a special meeting of the city council, nine...make that ten, no, eleven, thirteen candidates have come forward. Candidates Tobiah Pettus and Nathan Fletcher were so anxious that they filed papers even before a settlement agreement was announced.
The list of candidates, mostly unknown, to file with the City Clerk's Office to run for Mayor of San Diego include:
Air Force veteran and first-time candidate Kurt Schwab was one of the four people to file a statement of organization to start their campaign. According to a May 2012 report by the local NBC affiliate, since returning from the Middle East, Schwab suffered bouts of depression as a result of severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"When I came home I had no family backing, no friends, I didn't have a job. I was afraid to go out and talk to people - I was afraid that I might bother them, so I stayed inside," said Schwab in his interview with NBC.
Also entering the race is Jared Benjamin Mimms, owner of a Biotech firm in La Jolla, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Next up on the list is self-proclaimed Libertarian, Mark Schwartz. According to Schwartz's campaign profile, the only one of the four to have one, Schwartz wants to bring "honor and integrity to the office of Mayor. I stand for freedom, peace and self-reliance."
Last on the new list of filers is David Tasem, a tax-preparer in San Diego County.
The newcomers to the race, four days before Mayor Bob Filner is set to leave office, joins Tobiah Pettus and so far, the only high profile candidate to formally announce former assemblymember and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher.
August 27: Another longshot...and I mean longshot...has entered the race. One-time Libertarian candidate for the 53rd congressional district Paul Dekker filed papers needed to kick off his campaign. According to his congressional campaign page, Dekker is a transplant from Canada who works as a software engineer and systems analyst. He also served on the board for the Sustainability Alliance of Southern California, a group whose goal is to "minimize stress on the natural ecosystem" located throughout Southern California.
Go here to visit Dekker's website.
To get their name on the ballot, candidates are required to submit at least 200 signatures from supporters and pay a $500 entry fee. The fee is waived, however, if they submit more than 2,000 signatures.