(UPDATED AT 5:15 P.M. MONDAY JUNE 11 : New totals just released show Scott Peters increasing his lead over Lori Saldana for the second spot in the 52nd Congressional District race from 790 to 795 votes. About 29,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted, according to the county Registrar of Voters.)
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Tuesday was a good night for Rancho Bernardo resident Carl DeMaio, who led the mayoral primary race and saw voters support two city propositions he backs.
“I think this is a great victory for reform,” said DeMaio, who will face Rep. Bob Filner in the November general election. “Propositions A and B passed, which are the centerpiece of my fiscal reform plan.”
DeMaio said there will also be more support for reform on the City Council, with fellow Rancho Bernardan Mark Kersey, who was unopposed, succeeding him as the District 5 representative and Scott Sherman receiving more than 50 percent of votes in the District 7 race despite facing three opponents. With Ray Ellis leading incumbent Sherri Lightner in District 1 — the winner to be decided in November — DeMaio said there would likely be a majority on the council that will help him “get things done” as mayor.
In coming months, the Republican DeMaio said he will reach out to supporters of Republican-turned-independent Nathan Fletcher, who, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting but with many absentee ballots yet to be counted, was in third place, and fellow Republican Bonnie Dumanis, who came in fourth. He also will try to persuade some of Filner’s backers to switch their support to him in the runoff.
“I recognize I was not the first choice for all San Diegans in the primary, but in my administration no one will be left behind or turned away as we unite (to reform) San Diego,” he said when interviewed by the Rancho Bernardo News Journal.
When speaking to supporters, DeMaio made an analogy of voters being in the driver’s seat, shifting from neutral to drive “and putting their foot on the gas.”
He told them, “San Diegans are ready to move the city forward into the future.”
DeMaio also said he will not be waiting until being elected mayor to continue city reform efforts, which took a step forward with the passage of Proposition A — that bans requiring project labor agreements in city projects — and Proposition B — that if proved legal would put all new city employees except police officers in a 401(k)-style plan instead of a defined pension plan.
Filner said the legality of Proposition B is likely to be challenged in the courts for years and Proposition A will likely cost the city around $200 million in state funding. As of 1:53 a.m. Wednesday, he was in second-place but only 2 percent behind DeMaio.
In contrast to DeMaio’s plan, Filner said his plan could be implemented soon after he takes office, would cap pensions, achieve labor concessions for five years through negotiations and put $550 million in the general plan without raising taxes.