San Diego City Council election, 2002

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The 2002 San Diego City Council election occurred on November 5, 2002. The primary election was held on March 5, 2002. Four of the eight seats of the San Diego City Council were contested. Two incumbent council members stood for reelection after having previously been elected to partial terms.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, although most candidates do identify a party preference. A two-round system was used for the election, starting with a primary in June followed by a runoff in November between the top-two candidates if no candidate received a majority of the votes in the first round.

Three of the council seats filled in this election became vacant prior to the completion of the 2006 term end date. This led to three special elections to choose council members to complete these terms.

Campaign[edit]

Council Districts used for the 2002 election

The 2002 election was the first to use the eight district boundaries created by the 2000 Redistricting Commission. Seats in districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 were up for election.

Donna Frye and Ralph Inzunza both were incumbents serving partial terms after winning special elections to fill the seats vacated by the resignations of Valerie Stallings and Juan Vargas respectively.

Results[edit]

District 2[edit]

District 2 consisted of the communities of Bankers Hill/Park West, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla/Mount Soledad, Little Italy, Midway/North Bay, Mission Beach, Mission Hills, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Pacific Beach, and Point Loma. Michael Zucchet and Kevin Faulconer received the most votes in the primary and advanced to the general election. Zucchet was elected to city council with the majority of votes in November.

San Diego City Council District 2 primary election, 2002[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Michael Zucchet 9,705 34.1%
Nonpartisan Kevin Faulconer 9,063 31.9%
Nonpartisan Wayne Raffesberger 4,279 15.0%
Nonpartisan Jim Bell 2,829 9.9%
Nonpartisan Chuck Bahde 1,045 3.6%
Nonpartisan Jim Morrison 841 2.9%
Nonpartisan Woody Guthrie Deck 648 2.2%
Totals 31,929 100%
San Diego City Council District 2 general election, 2002[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Michael Zucchet 22,610 55.6%
Nonpartisan Kevin Faulconer 18,050 44.3%
Totals 40,660 100%

District 4[edit]

District 4 consisted of the communities of Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Jamacha, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, Mount Hope, Mountain View, North Bay Terrace, Oak Park, O'Farrell, Paradise Hills, Ridgeview, Skyline Hills, South Bay Terrace, Valencia Park, and Webster. Incumbent council member Tony Young, who had previously been elected to a partial term in 2004 after the death of Charles L. Lewis, was reelected with a majority of the votes in the June primary.

San Diego City Council District 4 primary election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Charles L. Lewis 6,065 40.0%
Nonpartisan Dwayne Crenshaw 3,481 22.9%
Nonpartisan Butch Hubble 1,655 10.9%
Nonpartisan Marissa Acierto 1,134 7.4%
Nonpartisan Fulberto Rodriguez 971 6.4%
Nonpartisan Tonja McCoy 593 3.9%
Nonpartisan Robert Tambuzi 501 3.3%
Nonpartisan James Galley 450 2.9%
Nonpartisan Oran Brown 196 1.2%
Nonpartisan Milton Gale 97 0.6%
Totals 16,389 100%
San Diego City Council District 4 general election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Charles L. Lewis 11,965 52.3%
Nonpartisan Dwayne Crenshaw 10,908 47.6%
Totals 22,873 100%

District 6[edit]

District 6 consisted of the communities of Bay Ho, Bay Park, Clairemont Mesa, Fashion Valley, Kearny Mesa, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, North Clairemont, and Serra Mesa. Incumbent council member Donna Frye won reelection with a majority of the votes in the June primary.

San Diego City Council District 6 primary election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Donna Frye 17,136 64.0%
Nonpartisan Thomas W. Martin 9,599 35.9%
Totals 28,633 100%

District 8[edit]

District 8 consisted of the communities of San Diego along the Mexico–United States border, including the communities of Barrio Logan, Egger Highlands, Grant Hill, Golden Hill, Logan Heights, Memorial, Nestor, Ocean View Hills, Otay Mesa West, Otay Mesa East, San Ysidro, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, Stockton, and Tijuana River Valley. Incumbent council member Ben Hueso, who had previously been elected to a partial term in 2005 after the resignation of Ralph Inzunza, was reelected with a majority of the votes in the June primary.

San Diego City Council District 8 primary election, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Ralph Inzunza 6,103 69.9%
Nonpartisan Yolanda Escamilla 2,620 30.0%
Totals 11,399 100%

Aftermath[edit]

The new city council was sworn in December 2002.

Special elections[edit]

Three of the council members who were elected in 2002 did not complete their terms. Zucchet, Lewis, and Inzunza were all charged with corruption as a result of the FBI investigation known as Operation G-Sting. Before he could be tried, Lewis died in office on August 8, 2004 due to unrelated health issues. Zucchet and Inzunza were forced to resign from the city council in July 2005 when they were covicted of corruption, though Zucchet was later cleared of all charges.[5] Special elections were held in to fill the remainder of the terms for each three council districts.

District 2[edit]

Faulconer, who had been the runner-up in the 2002 election against Zucchet, ran again in the crowded special election. He received the most votes in the primary election on November 8, 2005, and was elected with a majority of the votes in the runoff on January 10, 2006.

San Diego City Council District 2 special primary election, 2005[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Kevin Faulconer 15,912 34.44%
Nonpartisan Lorena Gonzalez 11,543 24.98%
Nonpartisan Carolyn Chase 4,090 8.85%
Nonpartisan Rich Grosch 2,906 6.29%
Nonpartisan Tim Rutherford 2,442 5.29%
Nonpartisan Kathleen Blavatt 1,848 4.00%
Nonpartisan Ian Trowbridge 1,746 3.78%
Nonpartisan Pat Zaharopoulos 1,273 2.76%
Nonpartisan Phil Meinhardt 1,054 2.28%
Nonpartisan Tom Eaton 754 1.63%
Nonpartisan Greg Finley 615 1.33%
Nonpartisan David Diehl 470 1.02%
Nonpartisan James Joaquin Morrison 441 0.95%
Nonpartisan George Najjar 280 0.61%
Nonpartisan Robert E. Lee 250 0.54%
Nonpartisan Allen Hujsak 242 0.52%
Nonpartisan Linda Susan Finley 202 0.44%
Totals 52,154 100%
San Diego City Council District 2 special runoff election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Kevin Faulconer 15,044 51.23%
Nonpartisan Lorena Gonzalez 14,320 48.77%
Totals 29,448 100%

District 4[edit]

Tony Young, previously Lewis' chief of staff, ran in the special election to replace him. Young advanced to the runoff after receiving the second most votes in the special primary election on November 16, 2004. He went on to win election by receiving the majority of votes in the special runoff election on January 4, 2005.

San Diego City Council District 4 special primary election, 2004[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan George Stevens 4,615 34.29%
Nonpartisan Tony Young 3,102 23.04%
Nonpartisan Dwayne Crenshaw 2,898 21.54%
Nonpartisan Marissa Acierto 1,210 8.99%
Nonpartisan Bruce Williams 917 6.81%
Nonpartisan Jim Galley 260 1.93%
Nonpartisan Gloria Tyler-Mallery 252 1.87%
Nonpartisan Patrick DeShields 205 1.52%
Totals 13,459 100%
San Diego City Council District 4 special runoff election, 2005[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tony Young 6,911 59.42%
Nonpartisan George Stevens 4,719 40.58%
Totals 11,630 100%

District 8[edit]

Ben Hueso ran in the special election to replace Inzunza. He advanced to the special runoff election after receiving the plurality of the votes in the special primary on November 8, 2005. Hueso was elected to office with a majority of the votes in the runoff on January 10, 2006.

San Diego City Council District 8 special primary election, 2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Ben Hueso 7,454 38.15%
Nonpartisan Luis Acle 3,621 18.53%
Nonpartisan Remigia Bermudez 3,018 15.45%
Nonpartisan Dan Coffey 1,601 8.19%
Nonpartisan Kathy Vandenheuvel 1,060 5.43%
Nonpartisan Douglas Holbrook 800 4.09%
Nonpartisan Tim Gomez 775 3.97%
Nonpartisan Lincoln Pickard 595 3.05%
Nonpartisan Matthew Moncayo 537 2.75%
Totals 21,000 100%
San Diego City Council District 8 special runoff election, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Ben Hueso 6,408 70.60%
Nonpartisan Luis Acle 2,600 28.65%
Totals 9,090 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Election History - Council District 2". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Election History - Council District 4". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Election History - Council District 6". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Election History - Council District 8". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Coffey, Daniel (October 14, 2010). "Justice undone: Michael Zucchet and Ralph Inzunza". San Diego Daily Transcript. Retrieved 2 September 2012.