By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Nadin Abbott, Tom Abbott and Miriam Raftery
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Two feisty and fiercely competitive politicians, polar opposites in the partisan divide, will square off in the San Diego Mayoral run-off race in November.
Carl Demaio, a conservative Republican and former councilmember, in his victory speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel , said that “Citizens have shifted the city into drive and put their foot on the gas.” He pledged to “finish the job of fiscal reform” by implementing Propositions A and B, as well as fixing “roads that are falling apart.”
Congressman Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat and former Deputy Mayor of San Diego, faulted DeMaio for focusing on “a pothole somewhere” while lacking a positive message for voters. “I want to talk about a vision of the future of what can be a really great city,” Filner told media at Election Central.