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San Diego to become the nation’s second largest city with openly gay mayor

Todd Gloria to serve as interim mayor following Bob Filner's resignation
Saturday, August 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Openly gay City Council President Todd Gloria will become interim mayor of San Diego, following the resignation of embattled mayor Bob Filner, who announced Friday that he will step down next week as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by no fewer than 18 women.

Todd Gloria

Upon Filner’s resignation, effective at 5 p.m. on August 30, San Diego will become the nation’s second largest city to be led by an openly gay mayor. The largest is Houston.

Under the city charter, Gloria, will act as an interim mayor while the city holds a special election in the next 90 days to find a successor.

Gloria — who as president of the city council is already one of the city’s most powerful politicians — was first elected in 2008 and is serving his second term on the council. He said Friday would no longer act as chairman of the council meetings “while I fulfill the duties of the mayor.”

Gloria is expected to consider running in the special election. Other likely openly LGBT candidates are California Assembly member Toni Atkins, former state Senator Christine Kehoe, and Carl DeMaio, a former city council member who ran against Filner in last year’s mayoral race.

Filner’s resignation comes following a chaotic eight months in office, capped by allegations last month that he had sexually harassed women, complaints which alleged “inappropriate comments, kissing and groping.”

Filner, 70, was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in two decades, and is facing a criminal investigation into his treatment of women.

Gloria, 35, is a third generation San Diegan and former chairman of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. (y)

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:55pm
  2. Our mayor´s gay…and for the first time in over a decade someone actually cares enough about our city that things are starting to get fixed around here.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:58pm
  3. He sure looks older than 35. Politics must be worth all that age stress.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:58pm
  4. It was the Gay´s who revitalized Hilcrest and North Park. And we will always come in and create a paradise…vote Gay.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:03pm
  5. I´m moving to SD..Thinking I´d let this mayor sexually harrass me! JK

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:13pm
  6. Todd´s a great guy!

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:38pm
  7. ………….. and he looks human v. the other … well, whatever it was.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:52pm
  8. Lived there for 7 years and hoping to go back 2014. It´s expensive but a great city.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:56pm
  9. kudos to you! Sir.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 9:15pm
  10. pfft Calgary´s mayor is awesome, openly gay and does a great job

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 9:31pm
  11. Great news!

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 9:32pm
  12. I LOVE San Diego

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 9:35pm
  13. Todd has lost his way from his neighborhood roots.

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:23pm
  14. Ah, Palm Springs did this a long time ago…..Ron Oden

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:53pm
  15. Next….. the White House!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:13pm
  16. San Diego has come a long way from the conservative city I knew when I was growing up. :-)

    Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 12:25am
  17. Looking forward to your fair and forthright interim leadership Todd Gloria and hoping you run for the office! Cynthia Royal and Lord of The Rings Shadowfax star horse ´Blanco´ in San Diego County

    Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 1:57am
  18. yes!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 5:59am
  19. that is freakin awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 7:00am