1913 San Diego mayoral election

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1913 San Diego mayoral election
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← 1911 April 8, 1913 (1913-04-08) 1915 →
  Mayor O'Neall.jpg George Marston.jpg
Nominee Charles F. O'Neall George Marston
Party Republican Progressive
Popular vote 7,943 7,266
Percentage 52.2% 47.8%

Mayor before election

James E. Wadham
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Charles F. O'Neall
Republican

The 1913 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 8, 1913 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Charles F. O'Neall and George Marston received the most votes in the primary election and advanced to the runoff. O'Neall was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes.

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Incumbent Mayor James E. Wadham chose not to run for re-election to focus on his legal business and at the urging of his wife.[4] Contestants for the open seat included Charles F. O'Neall, a Republican, George Marston, a Progressive running as a non-partisan candidate, and Jacob Beckel, a Socialist.[5]

In the campaign, Marston emphasized projects that would lead to a beautiful and prosperous city, including harbor improvements, a new dry dock, a navy center and a railroad to Arizona. O'Neall emphasized the importance of developing commerce and industry over public parks and recreation.[1]

On March 25, 1913, O'Neall and Marston received the two highest vote totals in the primary and advanced to the general election. O'Neall was then elected mayor on April 8, 1913 with a majority of the votes in the runoff.[5]

Primary Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1913[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles F. O'Neall 6,863 49.9
Progressive George Marston 4,824 35.1
Socialist Jacob Beckel 2,057 15.0
Total votes 13,744 100

General Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral general election, 1913[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles F. O'Neall 7,943 52.2
Progressive George Marston 7,266 47.8
Total votes 15,209 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sies, Mary Corbin; Silver, Christopher. Planning the Twentieth-century American City. JHU Press. p. 171. ISBN 9780801851643. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "For a Business Administration". San Diego Union. February 16, 1913. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Harriman Opens Party Campaign". San Diego Union. February 11, 1913. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Wadham Not to Run Again for Office of Mayor". San Diego Union. January 1, 1913. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved April 15, 2017.