Filner elected San Diego mayor

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) has been elected mayor of San Diego.

The Jewish congressman won 51.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday to edge out his Republican opponent, City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who garnered the support of 48.5 percent of voters.

DeMaio conceded to Filner on Wednesday.

Filner, 70, has served 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He will be the first Democrat in 20 years to serve as mayor of San Diego, America’s eighth most-populated city.

A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, Filner was arrested as an 18-year-old Freedom Rider in Mississippi.

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