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Faulconer and Alvarez advance to runoff election

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego voters will head to the polls one more time to select a new mayor. That's because no candidate received the 50 percent plus one needed to avoid a run-off election.

Republican Kevin Faulconer jumped out to a huge early lead, and the city councilman easily secured a spot in a mayor's race runoff early next year.

"It's not about partisanship, it's about leading on principals and doing what's right for the city of San Diego," Faulconer said to his supporters Tuesday night.

Two Democrats duked it out for second, Councilman David Alvarez won 25.59 percent of the vote, edging out ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who had 24.30 percent.

Mike Aguirre was fourth with 4.44 percent of the vote.

Tuesday night, it was a right race for second between Alvarez and Fletcher. The two candidates were within a fraction of a percentage point of each other for a while. Then late in the night, Alvarez surged ahead in the polls by about 2,600 votes.

"They said it couldn't be done eight weeks ago. We had no chance. We proved them wrong, we worked really hard -- still in this country, you work hard and it pays off," Alvarez said Tuesday night.

More than 570 polling places opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, with no significant problems reported.

Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said 357,000 mail ballots were sent out last month. He told City News Service that he expected a 40-45 percent turnout of the city's approximately 683,000 registered voters, a higher than the city's past four special elections.

Before the polls closed Tuesday, interim Mayor Todd Gloria said at a news conference he hoped the eventual winner would focus on fiscal discipline and infrastructure issues.

"As we've seen in recent months, who is mayor matters," Gloria said. "It can have a direct impact on the health of our city and on families."

The special election was brought about by Filner's resignation in August, when he was under fire for sexual harassment and being investigated for various transgressions, including alleged shakedowns of developers.

Filner subsequently pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment by violence and two misdemeanor counts of battery and was placed on three years probation.

Lawyer Hud Collins; Harry Dirks, a Realtor; San Diego State University student Michael Kemmer; businessman Sina "Simon" Moghadam, construction superintendent Tobiah Pettus; and retired contractor Lincoln Pickard all drew around a half-percent or less. Engineer Farrah Pirahanchi qualified as a write-in candidate.

Bruce Coons, whose name appeared on the ballot, withdrew from the race and threw his support to Alvarez, but still received nearly 900 votes

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