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More hats in the ring in San Diego mayor's race

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State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
City Councilman Carl DeMaio. City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Much like the GOP presidential field, the number of candidates for San Diego mayor keeps growing. On the list, a state assemblyman, a councilmember and a district attorney.

Speaking at a medical technology company in Sorrento Valley, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher says he's running for mayor because the city needs a fresh start with someone who hasn't been part of the city hall establishment.

"I'm running for mayor to lead a new generation that can take us into a brighter future, one with more and better jobs, stronger schools and a more innovative city government. From water and energy availability to transportation and land use planning, I will make San Diego the best place in the world to create 21st century jobs," Fletcher said.

In another highly anticipated announcement, Councilman Carl DeMaio officially launched his bid Sunday in Rancho Bernardo. He describees San Diego's city government as being in a state of deficit, dysfunction and disrepair.

"My plan is to go in and subject city services to open competition, a performance audit of every city department and yes, we need to trim salaries and benefits of city employees by renegotiating labor contracts," DeMaio said.

His plan is an 80-page "Roadmap to Recovery" he released in November as a blueprint to reform city government and restore services.

"We have to start running city government more like a business, making tough decisions, standing up to labor unions and special interests and getting our priorities back in the neighborhoods," DeMaio said.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was the first to announce her candidacy for mayor in March. When she did, we asked News 8 political analyst Dr. Carl Luna to give his opinions with Fletcher, DeMaio and her in the field.

"She has the law and order community behind her, she's got a lot of voters behind her. In the absence of a major Democrat running, she can get the crossover and independent voters.

"(DeMaio's) going to be a major candidate, particularly to the Republicans. I think Bonnie Dumanis is in the best position to give him a run for his money.

"Nathan Fletcher's got some state credibility and local credibility with Chelsea's Law. He was part of the midnight stadium deal for redevelopment," Luna said.

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