Lifeguard to run for mayor

Ed Harris (along with Lori Saldaña) to challenge Faulconer

Ed Harris and Lori Saldaña
  • Ed Harris and Lori Saldaña

Longtime lifeguard, union chief, and onetime city-council member, Democrat Ed Harris has declared he will run for mayor against incumbent Kevin Faulconer, according to a statement of intent filed with the city clerk’s office on March 1.

Kevin Faulconer

Kevin Faulconer

Harris’s entry into the race against Republican Faulconer, which had recently been rumored in Democratic circles, could make the contest livelier than expected in light of the Chargers’ well-funded efforts with ex-Padres owner John Moores to thwart the mayor's will by promoting a football stadium downtown rather than Mission Valley.

Whether Harris can attract the money from Moores or others necessary to mount a full-fledged campaign remains to be seen, though some expect labor unions — which spent heavily on the failed campaign of Democrat David Alvarez against Faulconer — to ante up.

Harris joins ex-Democratic assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, now an independent, in taking on Faulconer, whose million-dollar-plus bankroll has made him unassailable, at least per conventional political thinking prior to the emergence of the Moores and Chargers' owner Dean Spanos duo as a possible anti-Faulconer force.

Harris took his city-council seat in April 2014 after being appointed to fill the last eight months of the newly elected Faulconer's city-council term.

In April of last year, Harris dropped out of the race for the 78th state Assembly seat being vacated by termed-out Democrat Toni Atkins after city councilman Todd Gloria joined the field.

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Harris was popular with Democrats and independents when he was on the City Council. Will need to read up on his positions, but this is good news for Democrats and makes the City look more alive, with a little competition for the incumbent Mayor.

Hard to imagine how an honest and truth-speaking candidate will set with San Diego voters used to the status quo.

I see this as nothing but an attempt to reduce the chances of Lori to win against Kevin.

It will be great to see who donates, how much they donate and how much they decide not to spend, which sadly is only found out after the election; which is another thing that needs to be changed in San Diego.

Anybody want to bet that Ed will be Pro-Density to better rake in the donations from Developers, instead of Quality Density like Lori?

Kevin Faulconer will be mayor no matter who runs against him. He has the power brokers and money interests behind him. He makes all the right political moves and makes San Diegan's think that he is doing something for them. Business is behind him as he will make sure that San Diego remains one of the lowest wage (compared to cost of living) places in the US. It will be decades before the memory of Democrat Filner fades. It is what it is.

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