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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For San Diegan Laura Fink, Tuesday's special election for mayor has special significance: not only is she an experienced Democratic political consultant backing David Alvarez, but she is also one of the 18 women to publicly come forward to accuse former - and now disgraced - Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct, ultimately leading to his resignation.
"We went through the struggle together as San Diegans and now hopefully we will be selecting a new mayor, a better mayor," Fink told CBS News 8 outside Alvarez's election night headquarters in Barrio Logan. "My hope is that it inspires people to come out and vote."
It is a vote for new city leadership that in Fink's view places a high premium on character in the wake of the soap opera-like scandal brought on by Filner's bad behavior.
"The recent polls suggest that voters are looking toward integrity as the single most important characteristic in this mayor's race," Fink said. "And you have to point to Mayor Filner's decline and resignation as a part of that."
In fact, according to Fink, voters point to a candidate's integrity in this special election more than leadership, fiscal responsibility or any other single defining characteristic.
"That is a direct result of our recent past," she added.
This is a past that Fink and many other San Diegans are anxious to put behind them, and focus on the city's future.