San Diego, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of San Diego, California held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council in 2014. A runoff election for mayor took place on February 11, 2014. Kevin Faulconer was the winner.[1]

In city council, four seats are up for election. A primary election for these seats took place on June 3, 2014. In districts 2, 4 and 8, the primary winners received a majority of the votes and will not have to run in the general election scheduled for November 4. District 6 is the only San Diego council race that remains to be decided in the November 4 general election.[2]

Districts 4 and 8 both featured incumbents. These were Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez, respectively. As a result of redistricting, Districts 2 and 6 were both open seats. Former District 6 incumbent Lorie Zapf won the District 2 seat, which was formerly held by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Mayor

Candidate list

November 19, 2013, Primary election candidates:

February 11, 2014, Runoff election candidates:

David Alvarez
Kevin Faulconer Green check mark transparent.png

Election results

Mayor of San Diego Runoff Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Faulconer 52.9% 153,491
David Alvarez 47.1% 136,701
Total Votes 290,192
Source: San Diego County
Mayor of San Diego Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Faulconer 42.2% 101,953
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Alvarez 27.2% 65,740
Nathan Fletcher 24.1% 58,355
Michael Aguirre 4.5% 10,783
Lincoln Pickard 0.5% 1,144
Bruce Coons 0.4% 1,012
Simon Moghadam 0.3% 748
Hud Collins 0.3% 647
Michael Kemmer 0.3% 612
Harry Dirks 0.2% 434
Tobiah Pettus 0.1% 344
Total Votes 241,772
Source: San Diego County

City council

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Following Kevin Faulconer's victory on February 11, 2014, the city council race became a more high-profile and high-stakes affair. The reason for this has a lot to do with the future of the San Diego city government's political make-up. Even though elected officials in San Diego are officially nonpartisan, the mayor and most city council members are closely affiliated with political parties and ideologies. Mayor Faulconer, for example, is associated with the Republican party.[3] Similarly, six of the nine city council members are associated with the Democratic party.[4] As a result of this dynamic, Democratic city council members have a six-to-three majority in the council and are therefore in a position to veto Faulconer's policies (six votes are required for a veto). But the 2014 council race could shake this up considerably. Democratic affiliated council members have only held their six-to-three majority since March 2014, when Faulconer vacated the District 2 position to assume the office of mayor. Since then, Ed Harris, a Democrat, has held the District 2 seat. In January 2015, this seat will belong to former District 6 representative and Republican, Lorie Zapf, who won it in the June 3 primary election (Zapf switched to District 2 because of redistricting). However, when Zapf ran for District 2, this left a vacancy in District 6.[4] In the June 3 primary election for District 6, Chris Cate, a Republican, and Carol Kim, a Democrat, both received a majority of the votes. Consequently, they moved on to the run-off election scheduled for November 4, 2014. If Cate wins, Democrats will no longer hold their six-to-three majority in the council and will lose their ability to veto mayoral policies. On the other hand, if Kim wins, Democrats will retain their majority and their ability to block Faulconer.[5]

District 6, which can be seen on the map to the right, includes the neighborhoods of Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and parts of Clairemont and Rancho Peñasquitos. Based on research conducted by Ballotpedia staff, the district has historically leaned to the left until fairly recently with the election of Zapf in 2010.[6] Political scientists at Mesa College and the University of San Diego have speculated that the race for California's 52nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives between Carl DeMaio and Scott Peters could help turn out Democratic voters in the district and tilt the odds in Kim's favor.[5]

Candidate list

District 2

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 4

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 6

Note: District 6 incumbent Lorie Zapf is running for District 2 as a result of redistricting.
June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Polling

2014 San Diego City Council, District 6
Poll Chris Cate Carol KimUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Survey USA
(September 14-17, 2014)
42%31%27%+/-4.4700
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

District 8

June 3 Primary election candidates:

Election results

Primary election

San Diego City Council District 2 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLorie Zapf 53% 13,600
Sarah Boot 38.5% 9,864
Mark Schwartz 5% 1,272
Jim Morrison 3.6% 915
Total Votes 25,651
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters - Official primary election results
San Diego City Council District 4 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMyrtle Cole Incumbent 57% 6,921
Bruce Williams 19.6% 2,378
Blanca Lopez Brown 15.1% 1,832
Tony Villafranca 8.3% 1,011
Total Votes 12,142
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters - Official primary election results
San Diego City Council District 6 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Cate 47.2% 10,270
Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Kim 31.6% 6,880
Mitz Lee 12.5% 2,717
Jane L. Glasson 4.6% 1,012
De Le 4.1% 895
Total Votes 21,774
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters - Official primary election results
San Diego City Council District 8 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Alvarez Incumbent 76.4% 6,720
Lincoln Pickard 23.6% 2,072
Total Votes 8,792
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters - Official primary election results

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