What Happens to the Open Council Seat if Alvarez or Faulconer Wins

What Happens to the Open Council Seat if Alvarez or Faulconer Wins

Photos by Sam Hodgson

Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez

It’s been the year of the special election in San Diego and that’s come at significant cost.

The city spent nearly $774,000 on the election to replace former District 4 Councilman Tony Young earlier this year and it’s expected to pay millions for the contest to determine a new mayor. The city expects to drop as much as $4.7 million for the Nov. 19 election alone and an expected February runoff will only add to the bill.

But city voters won’t have pay up again if either David Alvarez or Kevin Faulconer, both City Council members, wins the mayor’s race.

By the runoff date, both men will have less than a year left in their City Council terms. That means the City Council can simply appoint a temporary replacement if either wins, City Clerk Liz Maland said.

City rules require the appointment within 30 business days of the vacancy.

If either current councilman wins the special election, his appointee would only serve for about nine months.  He or she couldn’t seek the seat in the elections already scheduled for next year.

Alvarez, who represents District 8, is up for re-election and is likely to hold onto his seat in the June primary. Thus far, only political newcomer Valley Paul Coleman of San Ysidro has filed initial paperwork to run for the post.

Term limits will keep Faulconer from running for re-election to his District 2 City Council seat next year. Attorney Sarah Boot and current District 6 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, whose political boundaries changed under the latest round of redistricting, have both announced plans to vie for Faulconer’s seat next year.

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Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. Know of something she should check out? You can contact her directly at lisa@vosd.org or 619.325.0528.

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Jeff Brazel
Jeff Brazel

Lisa; I am curious how the appointment process will work. Does the new mayor name a replacement for the council to confirm? Or does the council make an appointment subject to mayoral veto? It seems there have been some variations on appointments in the past, how does it apply here.

Jeff Brazel
Jeff Brazel subscribermember

Lisa; I am curious how the appointment process will work. Does the new mayor name a replacement for the council to confirm? Or does the council make an appointment subject to mayoral veto? It seems there have been some variations on appointments in the past, how does it apply here.

Mike Delahunt
Mike Delahunt

Faulconer is a pandering, empty suit. Good riddance.

Mike Delahunt
Mike Delahunt subscriber

Faulconer is a pandering, empty suit. Good riddance.

ESpillane
ESpillane

Check out the "City rules" link about halfway through the article. Looks like Council appoints from a pool of applicants. Not clear whether the Mayor can veto.