(SAN DIEGO) — A Republican city councilman has been elected mayor of San Diego to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.
Kevin Faulconer will be the only Republican to lead a major city in California, where Democrats hold all statewide offices. San Diego becomes the nation’s largest city with a Republican mayor.
With all precincts reporting, the 47-year-old former public relations executive led Democratic Councilman David Alvarez by 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent.
Alvarez congratulated Faulconer on his victory late Tuesday. Alvarez sought to become the city’s first Latino mayor and keep Democrats in an office that Filner won in 2012 after a 20-year absence for the party.
Faulconer stopped just short of declaring victory, promising to work across political party lines in an increasingly Democratic city.