Photo: David Alvarez
David Alvarez seems confident that what his campaign platform will carry him to victory over Republican Kevin Faulconer in the San Diego mayoral runoff and make him the first Latino mayor of the California city.
“There will only be two choices and what I offer is a candidacy more in favor of our forgotten communities and neighborhoods, while investing more in our schools, the environment and other areas that are not talked about very much,” the city councilman said in an interview with Efe.
Though he knows it won’t be easy, Alvarez, 33, remains optimistic about the February 2014 contest.
“I always knew that the hardest part would be the first contest. Now that we’ve got past that, the differences between the two candidates will be pretty obvious and I think my chances are very good,” the Hispanic politician said.
To achieve his goal, he’ll have to improve the results of Tuesday’s special election to replace Mayor Bob Fillner, who resigned in a sexual harassment scandal.
Faulconer won 43 percent of the vote, well ahead of Alvarez with 25 percent, and former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who finished third with 24 percent.
The Hispanic candidate expressed his gratitude that Fletcher announced publicly that he will back Alvarez.
“I thank him for his support. He has been and continues to be someone who has put community service above himself,” Alvarez said.
In the first round, the Hispanic councilman went for a campaign where, more than investing in advertising, he made house-to-house visits and thousands of telephone calls, which he believes tilted a lot of votes in his favor.
Alvarez acknowledged that he has three months ahead of him when his main objective will be to convince voters who backed other candidates in the first round to share his vision.
Alvarez, son of Mexican immigrants, kicked off the contest with few expectations of success, but garnered the support of key organizations, such as public employee unions and the Democratic Party, which chose him ahead of Fletcher.