A former San Diego city councilman says he will challenge first-term Democratic Congressman Scott Peters in next year’s election.
Carl DeMaio said Thursday that his campaign would focus on a balanced budget and pocketbook issues. The 38-year-old, openly gay Republican cast himself as a social moderate.
DeMaio advanced to a runoff in last year’s election for San Diego mayor but lost by five percentage points to Bob Filner in a Democratic landslide.
The 54-year-old Peters unseated Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray in a hotly contested race in California’s 52nd congressional district, which covers much of north San Diego and suburban Poway and Coronado. Republicans hold a narrow edge in voter registration in the recently redrawn district.