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Mike Aguirre might have stolen the show at our mayoral conversation Tuesday night (according to Twitter, anyway), but it was David Alvarez who had the most intriguing response of the night, that sprung from moderator Scott Lewis’ question on racial profiling.

Alvarez’s answer revealed an experience that sets him apart from the other Democratic candidates – Aguirre and Nathan Fletcher – and fell in line with his public persona as defender of underserved communities.

But as NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt explain, it’s more than just a campaign ploy. Since joining the City Council in 2010, Alvarez has earned a reputation for speaking up for those neighborhoods, consistently opposing measures that prioritized development downtown over community needs.

Check out a few other things to know about Alvarez, including his collection of high-profile endorsements and what got him started in civic service.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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