Formal announcement to be made TODAY at a 12:15 pm news conference at Harbor Island Park
SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Jerry Sanders, who has often butted heads with City Councilman Carl DeMaio over the years, plans to endorse DeMaio to be his successor in the race for San Diego mayor, according to a source.
The decision by the popular Sanders will likely be a boost for DeMaio with 41 days left until the election. DeMaio, a Republican like Sanders, is vying against Democratic Rep. Bob Filner for the job.
Sanders is expected to make the formal announcement at a 12:15 p.m. news conference at Harbor Island Park.
The Mayor's Office put out a cryptic news release earlier Tuesday to announce the decision without identifying which candidate he is backing.
“Without hesitation, I can say he is prepared on day one to ensure San Diego is financially strong and that he has the experience to lead our city,” Sanders said in the statement.
There's been speculation for months as to whether Sanders would endorse anyone in the race given his rocky relationship with DeMaio and his political differences with Filner. The mayor had previously endorsed Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, but she finished a distant fourth in the June primary.
Read the full story in UT San Diego HERE.
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