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Alvarez, Faulconer gear up for runoff election

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego voters have spoken, and it will be a Republican squaring off against a Democrat early next year for the office of mayor.

Republican Kevin Faulconer easily came out on top during Tuesday's mayoral special election. He cruised to an easy first place finish, but he knows there is still work to do if he is to be San Diego's next mayor.

"You can't take anything for granted, and we've got to redouble our efforts and work twice as hard," he said.

Faulconer is well aware of the history. The last four frontrunners in a San Diego mayor's runoff election have all lost. He plans to end that streak by making sure voters hear his message.

"Make the tough decisions at City Hall so we can do what's right with our neighborhoods, our streets, our parks, libraries, rec centers. San Diegans know they need a mayor that's going to hold true to that, make those tough decisions and get us back on track finally. I'm going to do that," Faulconer said.

Standing in Faulconer's way is Democrat David Alvarez, who slipped into second place, narrowly beating out Nathan Fletcher. If Alvarez is to overtake Faulconer, he knows he must have the support of Fletcher's voters.

"We want to build a coalition of individuals, and the majority of San Diegans --whether you work with Nathan or the other eight candidates that ran -- the important thing is we move forward as a city at the end of the day. That is what it's going to take," Alvarez said.

The results are not official yet, but Fletcher conceded Wednesday.

"I don't look back and second guess this decision and that decision. We gave it everything we had. We came up a little bit short and I'm totally at peace and comfortable with that," Fletcher said.

Fletcher says he is now done running for public office, and endorsed Alvarez, who quickly turned his focus to Faulconer.

"He is the establishment candidate. He is the status quo. He is the downtown special interest, and we don't want to go back to that," Alvarez said.

"San Diegans need a mayor that is going to do the right thing and put San Diegans first. It's not about being a Republican, a Democrat, it's doing what's best for this city," Faulconer said.

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