A tough Mayoral race in San Diego was ultimately lost by City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a conservative Republican and budget hawk who also has led the fight to reduce city pensions and outsource city jobs and repair roads. The Los Angeles Times reported that the race for San Diego Mayor was focused on infrastructure issues, especially fixing the streets. Carl DeMaio had been at the forefront of getting potholes repaired.
Even before the campaign began, DeMaio released a seven-point “Save Our Streets” plan to dedicate $335 million to $497 million during the next five years to fix the city’s roads. He created a smartphone app for residents to report potholes, was photographed helping city road crews and promised to appoint an inspector general for potholes.
The Los Angeles Times reported that DeMaio had conceded defeat in the election. His campaign slogan and efforts just were not enough to win the race.