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Casar hits speed bumps in bid to become mayor pro tem

A post-election bid by Council Member Greg Casar to become the next mayor pro tem has run into trouble, with Alison Alter emerging as a challenger and several council members still undeclared in their support.

Per Article II Section 10 of the city charter, the mayor pro tem "shall act as mayor during the absence or disability of the mayor, and shall have power to perform every act the mayor could perform if present."

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