1955 San Diego mayoral election

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1955 San Diego mayoral election
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Nominee Charles Dail Harry L. Foster
Party Democratic Nonpartisan
Popular vote 42,897 41,660
Percentage 50.7% 49.3%

Mayor before election

John D. Butler
Republican

Elected Mayor

Charles Dail
Democratic

The 1955 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 19, 1955 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent mayor John D. Butler did not stand for reelection. In the primary election, Charles Dail and Harry L. Foster received the most votes and advanced to a runoff election. Dail was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes in the runoff.

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Incumbent Mayor John D. Butler did not stand for reelection. On March 8, 1955, Charles Dail came first in the primary election with 39.4 percent of the vote, followed by Harry L. Foster with 27.5 percent. Because no candidate received a majority of the vote, Dail and Foster advanced to a runoff election. On April 19, 1955, Dail received 50.7 percent of the vote in the runoff and was elected to the office of the mayor.[2]

Primary Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1955[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Dail 29,097 39.4
Nonpartisan Harry L. Foster 20,286 27.5
Nonpartisan Jerome W. Rudrauff 16,810 22.8
Nonpartisan Robert L. Stevenson 2,731 3.7
Nonpartisan Gerard A. Dougherty 1,396 1.9
Nonpartisan Sol Blanc 1,357 1.8
Nonpartisan Emilio P. Adams 1,220 1.7
Nonpartisan Richard L. Parsons 985 1.3
Total votes 73,882 100

General Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral general election, 1955[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Dail 42,897 50.7
Nonpartisan Harry L. Foster 41,660 49.3
Total votes 84,557 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pourade, Richard (1977). The History of San Diego Volume VII: City of the Dream, 1940-1970. San Diego: Copley Press. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved September 9, 2017.