San Diego mayor's race: Filner, DeMaio headed for Nov. runoff
San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and Rep. Bob Filner are headed for a runoff in November to succeed termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders, according to complete but unofficial results of Tuesday's balloting.
DeMaio, 37, a conservative Republican, finished with 32% of the vote; Filner, 69, a Democrat, with 30%. Trailing were Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, 35, with 24%, and Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis, 60, with 13%.
Two ballot propositions favored by fiscal conservatives passed handily: Proposition A, which will ban so-called project labor agreements on city construction projects, was endorsed by 58% to 42%; and Proposition B, a pension-reform measure, by 66% to 34%.
The DeMaio-Filner runoff promises to be high-spending and rhetorically combative. The two are near polar opposites on the major issues facing the city and are not reluctant to engage in toughly worded debate.
DeMaio is in his first term on the City Council. Filner has been a public official for three decades, on the school board and council and in Congress.
— Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio at election central. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press