“Election kicks off political shake-up”

UT San Diego:

The electoral chaos caused by former Mayor Bob Filner comes to a close Tuesday as San Diego voters choose one of two City Council members — Democrat David Alvarez and Republican Kevin Faulconer — as the city’s next mayor.

The political shake-up won’t end there though.

The inauguration ceremony for the new mayor will likely be held in early March after election officials certify the results. The rest of the council would then have 30 business days to appoint someone to fill the mayoral winner’s spot on the nine-member legislative body. And there could also be as many as three hotly contested council races in the June primary as Democrats try to hold on to their current 5-4 council majority.

Before those dominoes fall, voters must decide whether Alvarez or Faulconer will be the first sitting council member in 50 years to be elected San Diego mayor.

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