1887 San Diego mayoral election

1887 San Diego mayoral election
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November 8, 1887 (1887-11-08) 1889 →
  William Hunsaker.jpg D C Reed.jpg
Nominee William J. Hunsaker Daniel C. Reed
Party Workingmen's Republican
Popular vote 91,069 46,965
Percentage 61.7% 31.9%

Mayor before election


Elected Mayor

William J. Hunsaker

The 1887 San Diego mayoral election was held on November 8, 1887 to elect the mayor for San Diego. This was the first mayoral election since the position was abolished due to an 1852 city bankruptcy. William Jefferson Hunsaker was elected Mayor with a majority of the votes.



In 1887, the City of San Diego adopted a new charter reestablishing the office of mayor for the first time in 35 years since an 1852 city bankruptcy. In the interim, the City had been run by a board of trustees appointed by the State.[1]

On October 4, 1887, trade unions of San Diego met to nominate a slate of candidates to run for office on the platform of the Workingmen's Party of California. On the fourth ballot, William J. Hunsaker was selected as the Workingmen's candidate for mayor.[2] His opponent, Daniel C. Reed ran as a Republican on the Citizen's ticket.[3]

On November 8, 1887, Hunsaker was elected mayor with 53.8 percent of the vote to Reed's 46.2 percent.[4]

Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral election, 1887[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Workingmen's William Jefferson Hunsaker 1,328 53.8
Republican Daniel C. Reed 1,141 46.2
Total votes 2,469 100


  1. ^ a b c Larson, Thomas (October 28, 2004). "Elections San Diego Style". San Diego Reader. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Labor Ticket". The San Diego Union. October 4, 1887. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Our Candidates". The San Diego Union. October 19, 1887. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The Election". The San Diego Union. November 10, 1887. Retrieved March 16, 2017.