It’s time for election season again.
San Diego’s next mayoral election began at 4 p.m. Friday when ex-Mayor Bob Filner resigned after an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations. In November, Filner became the city’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years. But the dynamics in this election won’t be anything like the last one.
Start Your Engines Yesterday
This race will move at a breakneck pace. The first election has to happen, per the City Charter, between two to three months after Filner officially leaves on Aug. 30. A runoff election, assuming no candidate wins more than half the initial vote, would occur 49 days later. (A statewide political consulting firm has a good rundown of possible dates.)
The speed of the election will benefit candidates who can raise money quickly and get major institutions like the local political parties, labor unions and GOP-friendly Lincoln Club on board early.