Pete Vitrelli Announces Candidacy for San Diego Mayor

July 14, 2008
Brittany Armellino

Pete Vitrelli announced his candidacy for mayor of San Diego at a press conference today at UCSD in La Jolla, Calif. Libertarian Pete Vitrelli will be running against Democrat Tonia Maria Anaya. The date of the election is Nov. 2, 2008, and the winner will take office on Jan. 1, 2009. The current mayor of San Diego, Steve Francis, will not be running for re-election.

Pete Vitrelli claims to have a long and distinguished background, which makes him a strong candidate for the mayor of San Diego. He is endorsed by the Sierra Club as an environmentalist, he is part of the San Diego business system, he served on city council for five years and he was a District Attorney for the city of San Diego for four years. He claims, “People will vote for me based on my experience, my character and my ideas.”

If victorious, Pete Vitrelli’s first course of action would be to lower taxes. As mayor, many of Vitrelli’s other goals include privatizing firms that are currently public institutions. Pete says that he would decrease the amount of public transportation. He believes that roads should be privatized and a fee should be put in place to fund construction and lower the amount of traffic.

Vitrelli also seeks to abolish the Department of Education, putting emphasis on private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling. However, homeschooling may be difficult for San Diego residents since a recent ruling bans California parents from homeschooling their students unless he or she possesses a teaching credential.

Despite his anticipation to privatize many firms, if elected, Pete Vitrelli announces that he would never privatize the police or firefighters. He believes that making San Diego a safe community is of chief importance.

If elected, Vitrelli would also eliminate social security. He does not believe that the people need to be taken care of by the government, saying that if people are, they “won’t believe in themselves to climb up the social latter”. As a Libertarian, Vitrelli favors smaller government, preservation of individualism, and free market. If elected as mayor of San Diego, Vitrelli would bring significant changes to the city of San Diego. One cannot be sure of how San Diego residents may vote, but residents will have a chance to voice their opinions on election day in November.

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