It’s been the year of the special election in San Diego and that’s come at significant cost.
The city spent nearly $774,000 on the election to replace former District 4 Councilman Tony Young earlier this year and it’s expected to pay millions for the contest to determine a new mayor. The city expects to drop as much as $4.7 million for the Nov. 19 election alone and an expected February runoff will only add to the bill.
By the runoff date, both men will have less than a year left in their City Council terms. That means the City Council can simply appoint a temporary replacement if either wins, City Clerk Liz Maland said.