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With yesterday being the deadline for officially becoming a candidate in the city of San Diego’s political contests, the Union-Tribune ran this list of all the formal candidates today.

There are two candidates for mayor that we haven’t yet known or written about — and we were interested in finding out a little more about the pair. The first is Eric Bidwell, who the local newspaper describes as a 25-year-old North Park entrepreneur.

Bidwell’s website is ambitious: www.revolutionarymayor.com.

Here’s his statement:

I am a native San Diegan and dedicate my life to making the world a better place for everyone.

I want to become mayor in order to inspire and engage the public of San Diego to take control of our community through democracy rather than allow control by special interest lobbies, and to create a city government that is truly representative of all of its citizens.

I want to increase the use of public transit, expand bicycle lanes, encourage carpooling, and reduce reliance on single occupant passenger vehicles.

I want to build an emergency website that will coordinate efforts and be a centralized location to access information to enable our city to respond efficiently to fires, earthquakes, or other disasters.

I want to work to reduce water consumption, recycle waste-water, and build a secure and sustainable water supply.

I want to repair potholes, water lines, and repair and maintain our public infrastructure overall.

I want to work together with the public to build a better future for all of us!

The second is James Hart, who’s described as a 55 year old test director from Clairemont. His website describes his platform as: “A Sustainable Future: Our benevolent sacrifice, a future for our children.” A key platform of his appears to be lowering San Diego’s population.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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