San Diego, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of San Diego, California held elections for mayor and city council in 2014. A runoff election for mayor took place on February 11, 2014. Kevin Faulconer (R) was the winner.[1] An election for four city council seats will take place on November 4, 2014.[2]


Candidate list

November 19 Primary election candidates:

February 11 Runoff election candidates:

David Alvarez
Kevin Faulconer Green check mark transparent.png

Election results

Mayor of San Diego, 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, 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


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 things 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. Historically, the district has 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:

District 8

June 3 Primary election candidates:

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