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The Associated Press June 9, 2011, 8:04AM ET

Rep. Filner joins race for San Diego mayor

U.S. Rep. Bob Filner announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor of San Diego.

Filner filed paperwork with the city clerk's office Wednesday to begin raising funds for what he called "day one of an aggressive campaign to bring government back to the people."

KGTV reported that Filner had recently moved from Chula Vista to San Diego. Filner told reporters he wants to re-ignite the city's economy so it offers a living wage to workers.

His campaign office said he does not plan to vacate his congressional seat at this point.

The Democrat was first elected to represent the state's 51st Congressional District in 1992. Before entering Congress, he served on the San Diego City Council and as deputy mayor.

Filner was chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee before the GOP gained control of the House.

Filner joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates in San Diego.

Also running for the top post of the state's second largest city are San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Councilman Carl DeMaio and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher -- all of whom are hoping to become the Republican front-runner.

Term limits prevent current Mayor Jerry Sanders from running for re-election. He is endorsing Dumanis.

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