San Diego Switch

Following the resignation of the incumbent mayor of San Diego amid corruption charges, voters elected as their new mayor former Chief of Police Jerry Sanders. He defeated City Councilwoman Donna Frye, a surf-shop owner with backing from environmental activists. As area Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) told me after the election: “It was a choice between an unusual candidate—because police chiefs don’t usually make good candidates—and someone from another planet.”