2013–2014 San Diego mayoral special election

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 stood to serve out the balance of Filner's term, which ended in 2016.[2]

2013–2014 San Diego mayoral special election
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Candidate Kevin Faulconer David Alvarez
Party Republican Democratic
Vote 153,491 136,701
Percentage 52.9% 47.1%

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Results by city council district
Faulconer:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Alvarez:      60–70%      70–80%

Mayor before election

Todd Gloria (interim)
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Kevin Faulconer
Republican

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 resignationEdit

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, served as interim mayor until a new mayor was sworn into office.[7]

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

DeclinedEdit

Special electionEdit

In the special election held November 19, 2013, Kevin Faulconer received 43.6 percent of the vote and David Alvarez received 25.6 percent. The two of them advanced to a runoff election on February 11, 2014. Nathan Fletcher narrowly missed the runoff with 24.3 percent of the vote, just as he had when he previously run in the 2012 mayoral election. Mike Aguirre placed a distant fourth with 4.4 percent. The other eight candidates each received less than 1 percent of the vote each.[15]

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Mike
Aguirre
David
Alvarez
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% 22% 30% 6%[a] 15%
  1. ^ Bruce Coons 2%, Other 4%

ResultsEdit

Although local elections are officially non-partisan per the California constitution, major candidates typically publicly align themselves with political parties. Therefore, political preference of candidates is indicated in the table below where it is known.

2013–2014 San Diego mayoral special election[12][16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Faulconer 101,953 42.1%
Democratic David Alvarez 65,740 27.1%
Democratic Nathan Fletcher 58,355 24.1%
Democratic Mike Aguirre 10,783 4.5%
Republican Lincoln Pickard 1,144 0.5%
Democratic Bruce Coons 1,012 0.4%
Nonpartisan Sina "Simon" Moghadam 748 0.3%
Nonpartisan Hud Collins 647 0.3%
Nonpartisan Michael Kemmer 612 0.3%
Nonpartisan Harry Dirks 434 0.2%
Nonpartisan Tobiah Pettus 344 0.1%
Nonpartisan Farrah Pirahanchi (write-in) 5 0.0%
Total votes 242,828 100%

Special run-off electionEdit

On February 11, 2014, Kevin Faulconer received 52.9 percent majority in the run-off vote and was elected Mayor of San Diego.[12]

PollingEdit

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%
Hypothetical polling
With Aguirre
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Aguirre
David
Alvarez
Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 29% 46% 25%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 31% 43% 26%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 23% 46% 31%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ± 4.4% 32% 40% 28%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Aguirre
Kevin
Faulconer
Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 28% 55% 16%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 25% 59% 16%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 27% 53% 20%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ± 4.4% 35% 42% 23%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Aguirre
Nathan
Fletcher
Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 30% 46% 24%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 27% 54% 19%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 25% 54% 20%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 201 527 ± 4.4% 23% 53% 24%
With DeMaio
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Carl
DeMaio
Nathan
Fletcher
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 41% 42% 16%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Carl
DeMaio
Donna
Frye
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 51% 33% 16%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Carl
DeMaio
Todd
Gloria
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 50% 29% 21%
With Fletcher
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Alvarez
Nathan
Fletcher
Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 38% 42% 20%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 31% 51% 18%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 29% 49% 22%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ± 4.4% 24% 52% 24%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Faulconer
Nathan
Fletcher
Undecided
SurveyUSA November 11–14, 2013 510 ± 4.4% 47% 38% 14%
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2013 550 ± 4.3% 46% 41% 12%
SurveyUSA October 7–10, 2013 513 ± 4.4% 36% 46% 17%
SurveyUSA September 19–23, 2013 527 ± 4.4% 30% 44% 26%
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 24% 50% 26%
With Frye
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Faulconer
Donna
Frye
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 40% 37% 23%
With Gloria
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kevin
Faulconer
Todd
Gloria
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 36% 30% 34%
With Goldsmith
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Nathan
Fletcher
Jan
Goldsmith
Undecided
SurveyUSA July 16–18, 2013 564 ± 4.2% 47% 28% 25%

ResultsEdit

2013–14 San Diego mayoral special election runoff[17][12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Faulconer 153,491 52.9%
Democratic David Alvarez 136,701 47.1%
Total votes 290,192 100%

ReferencesEdit

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