San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez today pulled the paperwork necessary to run for mayor of San Diego. He joins other high-profile candidates Nathan Fletcher, Kevin Faulconer and Mike Aguirre in the race to replace Bob Filner as the city's chief executive, along with preservationist Bruce Coons and numerous others.
Alvarez told CityBeat earlier this week that he was considering becoming a candidate, saying he'd step aside for former City Councilmember Donna Frye or City Council President Todd Gloria, who's serving as the interim mayor. On Tuesday, Gloria announced that he will not run, and Frye has given no indication that she's going to change her mind after stating in July that she would not be a candidate.
Alvarez wasn't convinced that former Republican and current Democrat Fletcher is the genuine progressive that Alvarez believes is needed to move the city forward. He said Thursday that he believes he has a viable path to a runoff election.