David Alvarez (politician)

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David Alvarez
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Member of the
San Diego City Council
for the Eighth District
Assumed office
December 2010
Mayor Jerry Sanders
Bob Filner
Kevin Faulconer
Preceded by Ben Hueso
Personal details
Born (1980-07-27) July 27, 1980 (age 37)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Xochitl Miramontes
Children 2
Residence Logan Heights
Alma mater San Diego State University
Website City Council District 8 website

David Alvarez (born July 27, 1980) is an American elected official in San Diego, California. He serves as a San Diego City Councilmember representing City Council District 8. He is a Democrat, although city council positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.

District 8 includes the neighborhoods of Barrio Logan, Egger Highlands, Grant Hill, Logan Heights, Memorial, Nestor, Ocean View Hills, San Diego, Otay Mesa East, Otay Mesa West, San Ysidro, Sherman Heights, Stockton, and the Tijuana River Valley.[1]

Early life

Alvarez was born in San Diego to Jose and Maria Alvarez and has four brothers and one sister. He grew up in Barrio Logan. He attended local public schools: Perkins Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and San Diego High School. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. He graduated with honors from San Diego State University. Alvarez, his wife Xochitl, and their daughter Izel reside in Logan Heights [2]

He began his career as a social services worker and after-school teacher. In 2003, he was selected to the Capitol Fellows Program where he served under the Secretary of State. After his return to San Diego, he worked with a company that develops new opportunities for affordable housing. He later represented State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny as a community liaison.

Political career

Alvarez was elected to the City Council in November 2010, defeating Felipe Hueso with 60% of the vote.[3][4] During his first term, he served as Chair of the Natural Resources & Culture Committee, Vice Chair of the Land Use & Housing Committee, and a member of the Budget & Finance and Rules & Economic Development Committees.[5] Additionally, he served on the San Diego Regional County Airport Authority, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board, SANDAG Borders Committee, Otay Valley Regional Park Policy Committee, Bayshore Bikeway Working Group, and the San Diego Consortium Policy Board. He also served on the Board of Directors for Local Progress, a national municipal policy network.

In September 2013 he declared his candidacy for Mayor of San Diego. He was the officially endorsed Democratic candidate in the special election to replace Bob Filner.[6] In the primary election held November 19, 2013, he came in second with 25.59 percent of the vote. A runoff election against fellow city councilmember Kevin Faulconer was held February 11, 2014, and Faulconer defeated Alvarez.[7]

In 2014 he ran for re-election to represent District 8, and won outright in the June primary, drawing 75% of the vote. His second term started in December 2014.[8]

In January 2017, Alvarez announced his intention to run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors representing District 1 in 2020 when incumbent Greg Cox is termed out of office.[9]

Committee assignments

  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Environment Committee (Chair)
  • Smart Growth and Land Use Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Budget Review Committee

Source: Office of the City Clerk

Electoral History

San Diego City Council District 8 primary election, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Alvarez 6,720 76.43
Republican Lincoln Pickard 2,072 23.57
Total votes 8,792 100
San Diego Mayoral Special Election, 2013–2014[11][12]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Faulconer 101,953 42.08
Democratic David Alvarez 65,740 27.13
Democratic Nathan Fletcher 58,355 24.09
Democratic Mike Aguirre 10,783 4.45
Republican Lincoln Pickard 1,144 0.47
Democratic Bruce Coons 1,012 0.42
Nonpartisan Sina "Simon" Moghadam 748 0.31
Nonpartisan Hud Collins 647 0.27
Nonpartisan Michael Kemmer 612 0.25
Nonpartisan Harry Dirks 434 0.18
Nonpartisan Tobiah Pettus 344 0.14
Nonpartisan Farrah Pirahanchi (write-in) 5 0.00
Total votes 242,828 100
General election
Republican Kevin Faulconer 153,491 52.9
Democratic David Alvarez 136,701 47.1
Total votes 290,192 100
San Diego City Council District 8 general election, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Alvarez 13,014 57.33
Democratic Felipe Hueso 9,540 42.03
Total votes 22,700 100


  1. ^ "Communities - City of San Diego Official Website". 
  2. ^ "David Alvarez biography". City of San Diego. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lorie Zapf, David Alvarez Head Toward Victory In SD City Council Races". KPBS. November 3, 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Lebron Kuhney, Jen (November 12, 2010), "S.D. City Council May See a Shift When New Faces, Leader Step In", San Diego Union Tribune, p. B-3 
  5. ^ "City Council Committee Meetings". City of San Diego. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Ash, Allison (September 25, 2013). "Local Democrats endorse Councilman David Alvarez for San Diego mayor". ABC 10 News. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "San Diego mayor race: Alvarez, Faulconer expected to meet in runoff". ABC 10 News. November 19, 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zapf Wins; Cate, Kim Headed To Runoff In City Council Races". KPBS. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Trageser, Claire (January 18, 2017). "San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Supervisor". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 8" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Democracy 2013: Results". ABC 10 News. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 

External links

  • City of San Diego: David Alvarez website
  • Official website of David Alvarez
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