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L.A. Now Live: Discuss victory of San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer

L.A. Now Live: Discuss victory of San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer
San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer tells his supporters at a rally Tuesday in San Diego that while there are still votes to be counted they are looking good. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

Join Times San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry for a live chat at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the victory of San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer and its impact on the state's second-largest city.

Faulconer, a Republican councilman, defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez 55% to 45% to become the city's next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters.

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Faulconer then allowed himself a not-so-veiled reference to the now-passed era of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner.

Filner resigned Aug. 30 after months of a chaotic management style at City Hall followed by multiple accusations of sexual harassment, setting the stage for Faulconer's victory.

"This city has gone through a lot in the last year, but we knew that as San Diegans we were better than that," Faulconer told supporters.

Faulconer, a former public relations executive, promised he and Alvarez will work together "to move our city forward."

Faulconer is to be sworn in March 3 to serve the final 33 months of Filner's term.

Perry, who also covered the mayor's race, will answer your questions. Readers can join the conversation at 12:30 p.m. and submit questions live or tweet them with the hashtag #lanowlive.

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