San Diego's top mayoral contenders squared off in their first televised forum Thursday on KUSI, and despite an excessive layer of blue eye shadow, City Councilmember Donna Frye managed to keep her head up and still maintains a lead with the support of 37 percent of regular voters, according to a survey released Monday by Datamar Inc.
The same poll shows former Police Chief Jerry Sanders holding steady at 31 percent while millionaire "outsider" Steve Francis' barrage of TV ads seem to have paid off. In the two weeks since Datamar's last poll, he's moved up from single digits to 15 percent.
The current poll says more voters would choose Sanders in a head-to-head battle against Frye-a poll conducted in May indicated Frye would have won that contest. A similar scenario pitting Frye against Francis shows Frye would still best Francis.
Motorcycle dealer Myke Shelby and Attorney Pat Shea garnered only 3 and 2 percent, respectively.
A related survey revealed that nearly one-third of respondents support Shea's plan to file for municipal bankruptcy. Francis' idea of cutting the amount of money allocated to each City Council office by 20 percent received approval from 30 percent of respondents, and a little more than half liked the idea of outsourcing city jobs in an attempt to save money.
Candidates in action
* Candidate debate hosted by the Downtown Partnership. Wednesday, June 29, noon, at the San Diego Gaslamp Marriott. Members: $40, non-members: $45
* Candidate forum (Frye and Francis only) hosted by the Association of Iranian American Professionals. Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m., at the Qualcomm Building "S" Cafeteria, 5535 Morehouse Drive. Members: $12, non-members: $14, students with ID: $6, children under 12: $6
* Candidate forum hosted by San Diego Realtors Association., Tuesday, July 5, 1 p.m. at 4845 Ronson Court
Vote early, vote often
Although Election Day isn't until July 26, Monday marked the start of early voting. You can cast your vote in person at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office, 5201 Ruffin Road, on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Early voting continues until Election Day.
The last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday, July 11. Voter registration cards are available at post offices, libraries, the DMV, the San Diego City Clerk's office and the county Registrar's office.Absentee ballots are also available upon request before July 19. Visit www.sdvote.com or call 858-565-5800.