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Sounding Board: Mayoral candidates on campaign lessons

The Daily Transcript put the following question to mayoral candidates Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders: What are the three most important things you have learned during the campaign about the challenges of governing San Diego, and how will you apply those lessons learned as mayor if you are elected?


1. Put the public interest first.

2. Be honest with the public and be accessible.

3. Surround myself with smart people who will tell me the truth.

I will apply these basic principles to governing in the future just as I have in the past. I have always based my decisions on what is in the best interest of the public.

I also know not to surround myself with the same people who have been running City Hall behind closed doors for the past 10 years. Instead, I will represent the new San Diego and include new people with new ideas. Finally, I will bring in people who are not afraid to voice an opinion that is different than mine, and will encourage people to speak up.

-- Donna Frye

Candidate for mayor


1. There's an aversion to making tough decisions.

2. Nobody's ever held accountable.

3. Residents are viewed as adversaries.

I've built my reputation turning around troubled organizations by making tough decisions, taking responsibility for outcomes and treating constituents as customers.

Jerry Sanders

Candidate for mayor


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