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Faulconer, Alvarez headed for runoff in San Diego mayor's race

Two San Diego City Council members are headed for a runoff mayoral election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, unofficial ballot results showed Tuesday night.

Kevin Faulconer, 46, a Republican, received 43.57% of the vote and David Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, received 25.60%, with 99% of votes counted.

Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher received 24.30% and former City Atty. Mike Aguirre 4.45%. Both are Democrats. Faulconer was the only Republican among major candidates in the race.

The runoff election is tentatively set for early February.

To avoid a runoff, Faulconer needed to earn 50% plus one vote.

Filner resigned Aug. 30 amid a flurry of sexual-harassment allegations. The 71-year-old Filner, the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades, later pleaded guilty to a felony and two misdemeanors involving the mistreatment of women.

Filner is set to be sentenced Dec. 9. Under a plea bargain, he will not spend any time behind bars but will be subjected to three months of home confinement.


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