San Diego City Council election, 2008

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The 2008 San Diego City Council election occurred on November 4, 2008. The primary election was held on June 5, 2008. Four of the eight seats of the San Diego City Council were contested. This was the last election for the odd-numbered districts using the boundaries created by the 2000 Redistricting Committee. No incumbent council members were eligible to run for reelection due to term limits.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, although most members 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.

Campaign[edit]

Council Districts used for the 2008 election

The 2008 election was the last to use the eight district boundaries created by the 2000 Redistricting Commission for the odd numbered districts. Seats in districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 were up for election.

Prior to 2008, there had never been an openly gay member of the San Diego City Council. In the June primary for District 5, Carl DeMaio, a Republican, won a majority of the vote to become San Diego's first openly gay person elected to city council. In the November general election, Todd Gloria, joined him as the second openly gay council member and the first openly gay Democratic council member to be elected.[1]

Results[edit]

District 1[edit]

District 1 consisted of the communities of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, Torrey Highlands, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and University City. Incumbent council member Scott Peters was ineligible to run due to term limits. After advancing out of the primary with a plurality of the vote Sherri Lightner was elected with a majority of the vote in the general election.

San Diego City Council District 1 primary election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Sherri Lightner 12,708 36.56%
Nonpartisan Phil Thalheimer 11,777 33.88%
Nonpartisan Marshall Merrifield 10,278 29.57%
Totals 34,763 100%
San Diego City Council District 1 general election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Sherri Lightner 40,282 51.80%
Nonpartisan Phil Thalheimer 37,360 48.20%
Totals 77,855 100%

District 3[edit]

District 3 consisted of the communities of Balboa Park, City Heights, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Kensington, Normal Heights, North Park, South Park, Talmadge, and University Heights. Incumbent council member Toni Atkins was ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits. After advancing out of the primary with a plurality of the vote Todd Gloria was elected with a majority of the vote in the general election.

San Diego City Council District 3 primary election, 2008[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Todd Gloria 9,288 40.64%
Nonpartisan Stephen Whitburn 6,543 28.63%
Nonpartisan John Hartley 4,018 17.58%
Nonpartisan Paul Broadway 1,428 6.25%
Nonpartisan Robert E. Lee 840 3.68%
Nonpartisan James Hartline 739 3.23%
Totals 22,856 100%
San Diego City Council District 3 general election, 2008[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Todd Gloria 27,922 54.60%
Nonpartisan Stephen Whitburn 23,191 45.40%
Totals 51,398 100%

District 5[edit]

District 5 consisted of the communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Sabre Springs, Scripps Ranch, and San Pasqual. Incumbent council member Brian Maienschein was ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits. Carl DeMaio was elected with the majority of the vote in the primary election.

San Diego City Council District 5 primary election, 2008[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Carl DeMaio 19,461 66.16%
Nonpartisan George George 9,953 33.84%
Totals 29,414 100%

District 7[edit]

District 7 consisted of the communities of Allied Gardens, City Heights, College Area, Del Cerro, El Cerrito, Grantville, MCAS Miramar, Mission Trails Regional Park, Redwood VillageOak Park, Rolando, San Carlos, Stonebridge Estates, and Tierrasanta. Incumbent council member Jim Madaffer was ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits. After advancing out of the primary with the second-most votes, Marti Emerald was elected with a majority of the vote in the general election.

San Diego City Council District 7 primary election, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan April Boling 13,794 46.55%
Nonpartisan Marti Emerald 13,392 45.19%
Nonpartisan David Tos 1,442 4.87%
Nonpartisan Bill Daniel 1,004 3.39%
Totals 29,632 100%
San Diego City Council District 7 general election, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Marti Emerald 27,836 50.55%
Nonpartisan April Boling 27,228 49.45%
Totals 55,197 100%

Aftermath[edit]

The new city council was sworn in December 2008. Ben Hueso was elected as council president in a 6-2 vote by his fellow council members.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope, Randy (6 November 2013). "Gloria wins District 3 City Council Seat". Gay & Lesbian Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 1". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 3". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Election History - Council District 5". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 7". City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Gupta, Rani (2 January 2009). "The New Council Prez". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 20 January 2013.