David Alvarez Could Become San Diego's First Latino Mayor


David Alvarez, a first-term San Diego Councilman, is trying to shake things up in Southern California. 

The son of Mexican immigrants, Alvarez hopes to replace former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned on Aug. 30 amid a sexual harassment scandal. 

According to Fox News Latino, Alvarez has gained momentum recently, despite lagging behind other candidates in experience. He just scored endorsements from the San Diego County Democratic Party, the San Diego Democrats for Equality, and the San Diego County Labor Council.

Winning the election would be a huge step for Latinos in politics. Alvarez would become the first ever Latino mayor in a city that lies on the border with Tijuana, Mexico, and boasts a 29 percent Hispanic population. 

“I am thrilled to serve as a role model,” the 33-year-old mayoral hopeful said. “Because, like all Latinos, I am trying to make it.”

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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