2012 San Diego general election

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The November 2012 San Diego general elections were on November 6, 2012, in San Diego, California. A two-round system was used for the election, starting with a primary in June followed by a November runoff election between the top-two candidates if no candidate received a majority of the votes in the first round.

The elections included a mayoral race and four seats to the San Diego City Council.

City Council[edit]

District 1[edit]

Incumbent council member Sherri Lightner ran for reelection. Although she received fewer votes than Ray Ellis in the June primary, she was reelected with a majority of the vote in the November general election.

San Diego City Council District 1 election, 2012[1]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ray Ellis 14,133 45.61
Democratic Sherri Lightner 12,889 41.59
Democratic Bryan Pease 2,210 7.13
Nonpartisan Dennis Ridz 1,755 5.66
Total votes 30,987 100
General election
Democratic Sherri Lightner 31,585 54.96
Republican Ray Ellis 25,881 45.04
Total votes 57,466 100

District 4 special election[edit]

On November 17, 2012, Council President Tony Young announced that he would resign from the City Council early to become CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross. His resignation on January 1, 2013 triggered a special election for the balance of his term, ending in 2014.[2] Nine candidates qualified for the special primary election, scheduled for March 26, 2013.[3] Myrtle Cole, who had been endorsed by the local Democratic Party and the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, received the most votes in the primary. She advanced to the May 21, 2013 general election to face runner-up Dwayne Crenshaw, Executive Director of San Diego LGBT Pride.[4] Cole was elected to the City Council with a majority of the votes in the runoff.[5]

San Diego City Council District 4 special election, 2013[6]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Myrtle Cole 4,304 32.3
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 2,025 15.2
Democratic Brian "Barry" Pollard 1,548 11.6
Democratic Ray Smith 1,207 9.1
Democratic Blanca Lopez Brown 1,084 8.1
Republican Sandy Spackman 1,067 8.0
Democratic Bruce Williams 1,059 8.0
Democratic Tony Villafranca 621 4.7
Democratic Monica Montgomery 404 3.0
Total votes 13,319 100
General election
Democratic Myrtle Cole 6,612 54.1
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 5,603 45.9
Total votes 12,215 100


After a contentious race during the June primary, Congressman Bob Filner was elected mayor with a majority of the votes in the November election.


San Diego Mayoral General election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner 245,092 52.5
Republican Carl DeMaio 221,870 47.5
Total votes 466,962 100


  1. ^ "Election History - Council District 1" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Council President Tony Young to Vacate Seat, Work for Red Cross". NBC 7 San Diego. November 17, 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Official Ballot Municipal Special Election - City Council District 4" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. ^ Dillon, Liam (26 March 2013). "Cole, Crenshaw Advance in District 4". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ Gustafson, Craig (21 May 2013). "Cole defeats Crenshaw in District 4 council race". UT San Diego. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  6. ^ "City of San Diego Municipal Special Election Results". County of San Diego. Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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