SAN DIEGO -- Congressman Bob Filner officially entered as the fourth candidate Wednesday to replace outgoing San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.
"This isn't an exploratory committee, this isn't testing the waters - this is day one," said Filner, who has been a congressman for 10 terms. "I've been watching the city go downhill and it's been frustrating to watch."
Filner (D-Chula Vista) said he plans on moving the city forward and restoring its economy.
"I've been enough removed that I'm not part of the problems that have occurred here, all the problems that everybody's been talking about," he said. "I can bring an outsider's perspective, which can bring a clean broom to sweep it out."
Filner, so far the only Democrat, joins three Republicans in the race for mayor. State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher entered the race on Monday, while city councilmember Carl DeMaio became an official candidate over the weekend.
Sanders released a video Wednesday which endorsed District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for mayor.
"I think Bonnie possesses all the necessary skills and will be an incredible mayor for the City of San Diego," he said.
Fletcher also released a campaign video on YouTube.
"If your cause is just, if your approach is honest, nothing is impossible. We need that same approach here in San Diego," said Fletcher.
One of the top priorities for the mayor will be solving the deficit in the pension system, which cannot be done on the backs of city employees, Filner said. He said he did not support, in its current form, a ballot measure to give new city workers 401(k) retirement plans. He said he plans on unveiling his plan for the pension in about a month.