SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A nonpartisan group of civic and business leaders who supported Nathan Fletcher in the Nov. 19 special election for San Diego mayor said Tuesday that they're endorsing Councilman Kevin Faulconer in the Feb. 11 runoff.
"I'm a San Diegan. I'm a Democrat. I'm a supporter of Nathan Fletcher. And I enthusiastically endorse Kevin Faulconer for mayor of San Diego," Port of San Diego Commissioner Bob Nelson told reporters.
Faulconer collected the most votes in the first go-round to decide who will finish the term of disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner. His City Council colleague, David Alvarez, edged out Fletcher -- a former assemblyman -- for the second spot on the runoff ticket.
With a higher turnout expected next month, it's considered critical for Faulconer to pick up as many Fletcher voters as possible.
Among those backing him Tuesday were David Malmuth of I.D.E.A. Partners LLC; Cheryl Kendrick, past chairwoman of both the California State Commission on the Status of Women and the Convention Center, and now a trustee at National University; Erik Caldwell of Icon Strategies; and Dan Shea, owner of Donovan's Steak and Chop House.
"I'm supporting Kevin Faulconer because he is committed to growing the local economy and creating more good paying jobs for San Diegans and working families," Shea said. "He plans to cut unfair regulations on small businesses, boost tourism with an expanded convention center and protect middle-class maritime jobs."
Alvarez, meanwhile gained the support of the city's lifeguards.
"Councilmember Alvarez does more than just listen, he has consistently pushed for staffing, training funds and innovative programs that support safe beaches," said Ed Harris, who leads the San Diego Lifeguards Association. "Kevin Faulconer voted to cut lifeguard staffing and eliminate lifeguard training. It was David who provided the leadership lifeguards needed to reinstate staffing and training."
Harris also credited Alvarez for pushing a partnership with Toyota through the City Council that resulted in the lifeguards receiving new equipment.
Alvarez said he's been working to restore municipal services, including public safety, that fell victim to budget-cutting in previous years.