LORI SALDAÑA DROPS MAYORAL BID, ENDORSES COUNCILMAN ALVAREZ: FIRST MAYORAL DEBATE SET FOR FRIDAY

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By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2013 (San Diego) – After filing papers to run for Mayor,  former Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña yesterday announced she will not run and instead has endorsed Councilman David Alvarez. 

“David has a strong record of supporting neighborhoods and protecting the environment,” said Saldaña, who believes he is the best choice because of his “commitment to standing up for our communities.” Alvarez represents South San Diego and the Barrio Logan area.  Alvarez has also been endorsed by the Sa n Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. 

Today, former Councilmember Donna Frye also endorsed Alvarez, stating, "David understands that people deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect and be provided an opportunity to have their issues heard in public, before (not after) decisions are made."

The first mayoral debate among prominent candidates is set for 3:15 Friday at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, sponsored by the Asian Business Association.  Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican, declined to participate. However Democrats Alvarez and Mike Aguirre, the former city attorney, will participate along with Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer has picked up backing form developers and business interests including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsement and is also backed by  the San Diego hotel-Motel Association.

Fletcher’s endorsements include the California Small Business Association and the Nieghborhood Market Association, as well as unions representing firefighters , lifeguards and carpenters.

Some 40 candidates have now filed papers to run, with the deadline tomorrow to turn in signatures to qualify for the ballot.