Lori Saldana to Run for San Diego Mayor as an Independent ‘to Give the Disenfranchised a Voice’

by on January 26, 2016 · 8 comments

in Civil Rights, Election, Environment, History, Media, Ocean Beach, Organizing, Politics, San Diego

lori saldana 3There is finally some good news for San Diego’s left-of-center voters.

A known local politician with definite name recognition, former Democrat and Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has announced her intention to run for mayor of San Diego.  Saldana will run as an independent, having resigned from the Democratic Party about 2 years ago.

Now, finally, San Diego voters who don’t usually vote Republican – which is a majority of the city electorate – have a choice other than Kevin Faulconer and a handful of unknowns.

Saldana said she is running to give San Diegans a voice and to represent those who feel disenfranchised by the electoral process.

Saldana is formally announcing her candidacy on Thursday, January 28th, at the Grassroots Oasis in the Midway District area – 3130 Moore Street.  She filed papers to challenge Faulconer in the June primary last Friday.

Her main campaign issues, she told the Voice of San Diego in an interview, are income inequality, infrastructure and affordable housing. Her website also reflects that focus.

Lori Saldana has a definite track record in this town as a progressive. The obvious drawbacks of a campaign right now have not dazed her apparently. Her late start, her small level of funding compared to Faulconer’s million dollar warchest, and her lack of major party endorsement are the core of the problems facing her.

Yet she has won electoral battles before without party endorsements, she served in the Assembly for 6 years representing the 76th District, gaining multiple layers of experience before being termed out, she’s a local – resident of Clairemont, a graduate of Madison High School and SDSU,  and has a well-earned reputation as a progressive environmentalist.

Then Saldana lost a blistering, bitter campaign to fellow Democrat Scott Peters in the 2012 primary for the 52nd Congressional District. Her party not only didn’t endorse her, but actively worked against her. And the reasons she switched her party affiliation to “independent” may be appealing to many independent and left-of-center Democrats.

Another positive aspects of a campaign – there’s a measure for local minimum wage increase – one that Faulconer vetoed in 2014 – and Saldana could get a boost from the turnout of its supporters.

There will be much more to report as the enlivened campaign for San Diego mayor opens up to a real contest.

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bob dorn January 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Lori Saldana is one of the most honest people I could name. Hard-working,
tough, not a glad-hander… just about every charateristic that suits a person
in a truly representative government. And there’s the catch. How do you
like doze RepublicRats, San Diego, the ones who keep taking over the city?
She’ll get some few dollars from me, just as Bernie has.


Old Hippie January 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Right on, Bob Dorn. I’m with you.


Debbie January 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Will Faulconer debate her or ignore her? His actions will shed light on his character.


OB Joe January 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

Run, Lori, run! This is a breathe of fresh air – already I’ve been uplifted by the idea.


Molly January 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

That certainly is a nice looking photo of Lori. Is that a campaign photo? Is her website up yet? I couldn’t find it.


Colleen Dietzel January 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Great News! Thanks Lori.


tj January 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm


“we need a new party, a 3rd party, a wild party.” – Alice Cooper


Jim Stronski January 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Does Ms Saldana have an office or and address for contributions and volenteering?


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