San Diego mayoral special election, 2013–2014

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San Diego mayoral special election, 2013–2014
2012 ←
February 11, 2014 → 2016

  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
Total votes 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" (PDF). 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.