SAN DIEGO – Todd Gloria, who became Acting Mayor of San Diego on Friday following the resignation by scandal-ridden Mayor Bob Filner, said today that he won’t run in the special election.
Gloria issued a statement saying:
"I have decided not to run for Mayor of San Diego at this time.
"In the few days since I assumed the duties of mayor, it has become clear to me that the problems left by Bob Filner are substantial and serious. The enormous task of cleaning up City Hall while ensuring District Three is represented requires me to lead a focused team effort that produces quick results for San Diego.
"San Diegans can count of me to lead our City with honesty and integrity. We will resolve the problems left by the previous administration. Together we will open our new Central Library, advocate for the expansion of our Convention Center, and make a $100 million investment in repairing our roads, sidewalks and other neighborhood infrastructure.
"My parents taught me to leave things better than I found them. This has been the guiding principle of my public service. Now as the interim Mayor, I want to work together with City leaders and my fellow San Diegans to make sure the reputation of our City is better than I found it when I took on this role.
"Thank you to the many supporters who have called and emailed, urging me to run. I am deeply appreciative of your help and guidance. There is no doubt that I will do a better job as Interim Mayor with so many San Diegans standing with me," the statement concluded.
Earlier today, another openly gay politician, Carl DeMaio, said he would not run for Mayor but would continue his campaign for the 52nd Congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego). Also today, San Diego County Commissioner Ron Roberts said he would not be a candidate for mayor.
Gloria is the second LGBT politician to lead the city during a crisis. Toni Atkins was Acting Mayor of San Diego from July 18 to Dec. 5, 2005 at the height of the city’s pension crisis.
The race for mayor is expected to include a crowded field of candidates, such as former state Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher. The following other people have also already declared their candidacy with the San Diego City Clerk's Office:
- Hud Collins, a frequent speaker before the City Council
- Harry J. Dirks, La Jolla Realtor
- Bruce Coons, leader of Save Our Heritage Organisation & vocal opponent of the parking garage plan for Balboa Park
- Paul Michael Dekker, director of information technology at the nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute
- Jared Mimms, entreprenuer
- Ashok Parameswaran, psychiatrist
- Tobiah Pettus, website owner
- Kurt Schwab, founder of an organization for vets of Afghanistan and Iraq
- Mark Schwartz, Libertarian activist
- David Tasem, taxicab business operator
- Michael Kemmer, IT intern at Sempra
- Teresa Miucci, accountant
There is speculation about other elected officials and leaders who are considering the seat, including former City Councilmember Donna Frye, former State Assemblymember Lori Saldana and City Councilmember David Alvarez. City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is expected to announce tomorrow that he is running for Mayor. His announcement apparently was tipped off today by local GOP operative Tony Krvaric, who tweeted that he was throwing his support to Faulconer.