The election is estimated to cost over $6 million. According to U-T San Diego, the city only has $1.8 million set aside for elections in an operating budget of $1.2 billion. To cover the cost of the special election the city’s reserves may need to be tapped or the budget may need to be cut in other places.
The City Council had to set a date for a special election within 90 days of the resignation of the mayor. There are three years left in Filner’s term, and San Diego’s charter states that the City Council can only appoint a replacement if the outgoing official has less than a year remaining in their term.
The high cost of the special election could get even higher if no one candidate gets 50 percent of the vote because that would trigger a runoff election between the two candidates with the highest vote percentage, according to the City Clerk's Office.
KPBS reports that as of late Wednesday, 13 people had filed paperwork with the City Clerk's Office stating their intention to run in the special election to replace Filner.
- Nathan Fletcher: Former Assemblyman and current Qualcomm executive who ran an unsuccessful primary bid to become mayor last year. Fletcher is known for switching parties. During the election in 2012, Fletcher switched from Republican to Independent, and earlier this year he registered as a Democrat.
- Bruce Coons: Head of the Save our Heritage Foundation, who sued to keep the city from building a bypass bridge that would route cars away from the center of Balboa Park.
- Hud Collins: Lawyer and frequent speaker at City Council meetings, Collins also ran in last year’s primary.
- Paul Michael Dekker: Director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute.
- Harry J. Dirks: La Jolla realtor.
- Michael Kemmer: IT intern at Sempra Energy (according to LinkedIn.)
- Jared Mimms: Owner of a Biotech firm in LaJolla (according to LinkedIn.)
- Teresa Miucci: accountant.
- Ashok Parameswaran: Psychiatrist.
- Tobiah Pettus: CEO of Yahogle.com.
- Kurt Schwab: founder an organization for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Mark Schwartz: Libertarian activist who created a Facebook page for his campaign last month.
- David Tasem: Owner of Tasem Transprotation Corporation, which is a taxicab business.
Carl DeMaio, the former councilman and current congressional candidate who lost a close race with Filner in last November's runoff election, has not filed his intent to run.
Another person being talked about as a potential candidate is City Council President Todd Gloria, who will serve as Interim Mayor when Filner resigns. Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Marti Emerald, Supervisor Ron Roberts and former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana are also possible contenders.