WASHINGTON — A Republican was voted into office as the new San Diego mayor as voters wanted a change in direction after the Bob Filner fiasco.
Reuters reported that Kevin Faulconer beat his Democratic opponent David Alvarez, who was trying to become the city’s first Hispanic mayor, by a 55-45% vote.
Nearly 20 women accused Filner of making unwanted advances and other inappropriate behavior, which allegations started with Filner’s press secretary.
Faulconer succeeded the disgraced Bob Filner, a Democrat, who resigned after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct toward women.
Faulconer finished first in a mayoral contest of 11 candidates, but did not have an outright majority. He faced off against Alvarez in a run-off when Alvarez finished second. Faulconer will serve out the remaining three years left on Filner’s term, who was elected in 2012 as San Diego’s first Democratic mayor since 1992.