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The Democrat’s campaign office said he plans to file papers with the city clerk Wednesday to allow him to begin raising money for the race.

A local television station, KGTV, reported that Mr. Filner had recently moved from Chula Vista to San Diego.

The Democrat was first elected to represent the state’s 51st Congressional District in 1992. Before entering Congress, he served on the San Diego City Council and as deputy mayor.

Mr. Filner was chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee before the GOP gained control of the House.

If he runs, Mr. Filner would join an increasingly crowded field of candidates. Also running for the top post of the state’s second largest city are San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, Councilman Carl DeMaio and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher — all of whom are hoping to become the Republican front-runner.

Term limits prevent current Mayor Jerry Sanders from running for re-election. He is endorsing Ms. Dumanis.

NEW JERSEY

Lewis easily wins Democratic primary

TRENTON — Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has won an uncontested Democratic primary in a New Jersey state Senate race.

He still has legal hurdles ahead before he can appear on the general election ballot in November against incumbent Republican state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego.

A judge may still keep him off the general election ballot. Republicans say he doesn’t meet New Jersey’s four-year residency requirement.

A federal court ruled he should stay on the primary ballot while the dispute is being sorted out.

The 49-year-old track-and-field star grew up in Willingboro and has spent much of his adult life in California.

He’s owned homes in New Jersey since 2005 but continued to vote in California until he registered in New Jersey in April.

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