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Sep 4, 2013 4:31 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Faulconer launches bid for San Diego mayor


SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Republican city councilman says he is running for San Diego mayor in a special election to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.

Kevin Faulconer launched his bid Wednesday, four days after GOP heavyweights met privately to coalesce behind a single candidate.

The 46-year-old councilman promised to restore trust in a scandal-plagued City Hall. Faulconer backed a ballot initiative to cut pensions for city workers and wants to put more city services up for bid but he has struck a more centrist tone than the Republican candidate in last year's election, Carl DeMaio.

DeMaio said Tuesday that he will sit out the Nov. 19 special election and instead run for Congress.

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