Less than six months before the June election and there’s no major Democratic challenger to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s re-election bid.
That’s still the case even now that former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is jumping into the race.
Saldaña was a Democrat for years but left the party in September 2014 after a series of disputes with local leaders and a growing antipathy for party politics. Saldaña served in the state Legislature from 2004 to 2010 and lost a bitter primary battle for Congress against current Rep. Scott Peters in 2012.
She also made waves in 2013 when she revealed that she warned Democratic Party officials about ex-Mayor Bob Filner’s behavior with women during the 2012 mayoral campaign. She didn’t speak out publicly until after the allegations against Filner came out.