San Diego could soon elect a home-grown mayor. A first? Nope. But definitely an oddity in this city of transplants.
In 163 years of cityhood, we’ve had only had two elected mayors who were born in San Diego and grew up here: Maureen O’Connor (1986-1992) and John D. Butler (1951-1955). Compare that with San Francisco and Los Angeles, which have elected multiple born-and-bred mayors.
The odds are against another native mayor. Nineteen people are in the running to appear on the mayoral ballot next month, but only Councilman David Alvarez — whose local roots grabbed the spotlight last week — fits the born-and-bred-here criteria. At least three were born outside of the country, according to the docs they filed with the city clerk.
Former City Attorney Michael Aguirre was born in San Diego but “moved several times throughout the West,” according to an old campaign bio. Local preservationist Bruce Coons has been in town since 1958, when he was four, longer than most of the leading candidates have been alive. Councilman Kevin Faulconer graduated from San Diego State in 1990, while ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher came to the San Diego area in 2001 at the age of 25.