David Alvarez (politician)

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David Alvarez
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Member of San Diego City Council representing the Eighth District
Assumed office
December 2010
Preceded by Ben Hueso
Personal details
Born San Diego
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Xochitl
Children 1
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, Golden Hill, Logan Heights,Memorial, Nestor, Ocean View Hills, Otay Mesa West, Otay Mesa East, San Ysidro, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, Stockton, and the Tijuana River Valley.[1]

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

He was elected to the City Council in November 2010, defeating Felipe Hueso with 60% of the vote.[3][4]

He is currently 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 serves 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 serves on the Board of Director’s 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 will start in December 2014.[8]


  1. ^ Communities, San Diego City Council, District 8
  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: 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. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zapf Wins; Cate, Kim Headed To Runoff In City Council Races". KPBS. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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