San Diego faces sharp contrast in race for mayor


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Republican city councilman who promises to be a steady hand and a Democratic councilman who says that San Diego has been run by an elite few are facing off in a mayoral election to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.

If Kevin Faulconer prevails, San Diego would be the nation's largest city with a Republican mayor. He would be the only Republican to lead a major city in California, where Democrats hold all statewide offices.

If David Alvarez wins, he would be the city's first Latino mayor and keep Democrats in an office that Filner won after a 20-year absence for the party.

Alvarez has attacked Faulconer as a shill for corporate interests. Faulconer portrays Alvarez as a tool of labor unions.

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