Rancho Bernardo businessman Mark Kersey announced Monday that he will run for the San Diego City Council to fill mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio's seat.
"I look forward to an opportunity to fight for fiscal reform on the council so that we can restore neighborhood services to the levels that taxpayers deserve," Kersey, the founder of telecommunications consulting company Kersey Strategies, said in a statement.
Kersey said that he decided he would run if DeMaio left the council, which the councilman plans to do to run for mayor in 2012. DeMaio officially launched his campaign at RB Alive! on Sunday.
Kersey is a member of the Rancho Bernardo Business Association and involved with the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club, Conservative Order for Good Government and the Lincoln Club of San Diego. He said he received bachelor's degrees in history and political science from Northwestern University in 1998.
Kersey also completed a 10-day Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) certificate program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006.
Richard Carlson also has filed papers to fill DeMaio's seat in District 5.