It looks like we might sort of have a mayoral election this year.
Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña has decided to run against Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Saldaña spoke with me in advance of her decision for a wide-ranging Q-and-A that addresses her reasons for leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent and her plans. She said she’s running to highlight income inequality and give voters a clear contrast to Faulconer – the only GOP mayor of a top 10 city.
Saldaña also addressed in detail her interactions with former Mayor Bob Filner. Recall that Saldaña had told Democratic Party leaders about Filner’s behavior with women in advance of the 2012 election. But she didn’t go public with the information until after his sexual harassment scandal began making waves and she had even endorsed him in the 2012 campaign. I asked why and she said she was a sexual assault survivor herself.
Saldaña said she’s well aware her bid against Faulconer is a long shot. She’s hoping to get him to debate her. As if to underscore how much of a challenge it’s going to be, recently released campaign numbers from Faulconer shows he raised more than $1 million last year.