2012 San Diego primary election

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The June 2012 San Diego primary elections were on June 5, 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, a city attorney race, five seats to the San Diego City Council, and two San Diego City ballot propositions.

City Attorney[edit]

Incumbent City Attorney Jan Goldsmith won re-election unopposed in the June primary.

City Council[edit]

In the June primary, Todd Gloria (District 3) won re-election unopposed. Mark Kersey (District 5), Scott Sherman (District 7), and Marti Emerald (District 9) secured the majority of votes to prevent a runoff. Incumbent Sherri Lightner received fewer votes than Ray Ellis for the District 1 seat, resulting in a November runoff 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


As no candidate received a majority of votes in the primary,[2] the top two finishers, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner, advanced to the November general election.


San Diego Mayoral Primary election, 2012[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl DeMaio 73,508 31.4
Democratic Bob Filner 73,216 30.5
Independent Nathan Fletcher 57,939 24.1
Republican Bonnie Dumanis 31,926 13.3
Nonpartisan Tobiah Pettus[5] 1,709 0.7
Nonpartisan Write-in Candidates 752 0.3
Total votes 241,050 100


Propositions: AB

Proposition A[edit]

Ballot Title: Prohibits the City from Requiring Project Labor Agreements on City Construction Projects

Ballot Language: "Should the City of San Diego be prohibited from requiring contractors to use Project Labor Agreements for City construction projects, except where required by law, and should the Mayor be required to post online all construction contracts over $25,000?"

Proposition A
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 134,724 58.09
No 97,209 41.91
Total votes 231,933 100.00

Proposition B[edit]

Ballot Title: Amends City Charter Regarding Retirement Benefits

Ballot Language: "Should the Charter be amended to: direct City negotiators to seek limits on a City employee's compensation used to calculate pension benefits; eliminate defined benefit pensions for all new City Officials and employees, except police officers, substituting a defined contribution 401(k)-type plan; require substantially equal pension contributions from the City and employees; and eliminate, if permissible, a vote of employees or retirees to change their benefits?"

Proposition B
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 154,216 65.81
No 80,126 34.19
Total votes 234,342 100.00


  1. ^ "Election History - Council District 1" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. ^ "How to Run for Office". The City of San Diego-Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ "San Diego Registrar". sdcounty.ca.gov. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Tobiah L. Pettus". Smartvoter.org. League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

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