San Diego mayoral special election, 2013–2014

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San Diego mayoral special election, 2013–2014
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  Kevin Faulconer Portrait.jpg David Alvarez.jpg
Nominee Kevin Faulconer David Alvarez
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 153,491 136,701
Percentage 52.9% 47.1%

Mayor before election

Todd Gloria (interim)
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Kevin Faulconer
Republican

The 2013–2014 San Diego mayoral special election was a special election to elect the Mayor of San Diego. The election was made necessary by the resignation of Bob Filner on August 30, 2013.[1] The winner will serve out the balance of Filner's term, which ends in 2016.[2]

The election was nonpartisan, in accordance with the California Constitution,[3] and candidates appeared on the ballot with no party affiliation, although most chose to state a political party affiliation.[4] A primary election was held on November 19, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the first round, a runoff election was held between the top two vote-getters on February 11, 2014.[5] In the runoff, Kevin Faulconer defeated David Alvarez.

Filner's resignation[edit]

In July 2013, Filner was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. Despite continuing pressure to resign, he remained in office until he and the city reached a mediated agreement in August 2013, under which he agreed to resign and the city of San Diego agreed to help pay his legal fees.[6] According to the city charter, Todd Gloria, the president of the San Diego City Council, serves as interim mayor until a new mayor is sworn in to office.[7]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Primary election[edit]

In the primary election held November 19, 2013, Faulconer got 43.58 percent of the vote and Alvarez received 25.59 percent. The two of them advanced to a runoff election on February 11, 2014. Fletcher narrowly missed with 24.3 percent of the vote, and Aguirre placed a distant fourth with 4.44 percent. The other eight candidates each received less than 1 percent.[15]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Aguirre
David
Alvarez
Bruce
Coons
Kevin
Faulconer
Nathan
Fletcher
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ±4.4% 7% 22% 40% 24% 4% 3%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ±4.3% 7% 17% 41% 28% 3% 4%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ±4.4% 8% 20% 28% 32% 4% 8%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ±4.4% 9% 17% 2% 22% 30% 4% 15%

Results[edit]

San Diego Mayoral Special Primary election, 2013[12][16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Kevin Faulconer 101,953 42.08%
Nonpartisan David Alvarez 65,740 27.13%
Nonpartisan Nathan Fletcher 58,355 24.09%
Nonpartisan Mike Aguirre 10,783 4.45%
Nonpartisan Lincoln Pickard 1,144 0.47%
Nonpartisan Bruce Coons 1,012 0.42%
Nonpartisan Sina "Simon" Moghadam 748 0.31%
Nonpartisan Hud Collins 647 0.27%
Nonpartisan Michael Kemmer 612 0.25%
Nonpartisan Harry Dirks 434 0.18%
Nonpartisan Tobiah Pettus 344 0.14%
Nonpartisan Farrah Pirahanchi (write-in) 5 0.00%
Totals 242,828 100%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Faulconer
David
Alvarez
Undecided
SurveyUSA February 3–6, 2014 639 ± 4% 47% 46% 7%
SurveyUSA January 20–23, 2014 646 ± 3.9% 49% 44% 7%
Public Policy Polling January 13–14, 2014 526 ± 4.3% 45% 46% 9%
SurveyUSA January 4–9, 2014 800 ± 4.3% 53% 37% 10%
SurveyUSA December 2–5, 2013 515 ± 4.4% 47% 46% 7%
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 51% 38% 11%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 52% 36% 12%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 44% 35% 21%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ± 4.4% 38% 35% 26%

Results[edit]

San Diego mayoral special general election, 2014[17][12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Faulconer 153,491 52.9%
Democratic David Alvarez 136,701 47.1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special election to replace Filner set for November 19". KFMB-TV. August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kevin Faulconer elected next mayor of San Diego, will finish Filner's term". San Diego 6 - the CW. February 12, 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "California Constitution Art. 2 Sec. 6". State of California. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/republican-kevin-faulconer-wins-mayoral-race-san-diego_781494.html
  5. ^ http://lgbtweekly.com/2013/12/19/council-sets-feb-11-for-special-mayoral-election/
  6. ^ Perry, Tony. "Bob Filner to resign as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit deal". latimes.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fry, Wendy (July 22, 2013). "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign | NBC 7 San Diego". Nbcsandiego.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "11 qualify for ballot in SD mayor's race". UT San Diego. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "San Diego Mayor: Who’s In, Who’s Out, Who’s Undecided?". KPBS. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d Jessica Taylor. "What's next after Filner, and what his resignation means for control of Congress - First Read". Firstread.nbcnews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Carl DeMaio won’t run for mayor of San Diego". The Washington Post. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Election History - Mayor of San Diego". City of San Diego. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Former Councilman Carl DeMaio, Supervisor Ron Roberts will not run for San Diego mayor". ABC 10 News. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Matt Romney, Mitt's son, decides not to run for mayor of San Diego". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ "San Diego mayor race: Alvarez, Faulconer expected to meet in runoff". ABC 10 News. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Democracy 2013: Results". ABC 10 News. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Kevin Faulconer Elected New Mayor in San Diego". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved February 12, 2014.