1899 San Diego mayoral election

1899 San Diego mayoral election
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Nominee Edwin M. Capps Daniel C. Reed
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,714 1,493
Percentage 52.3% 45.6%

Mayor before election

Daniel C. Reed

Elected Mayor

Edwin M. Capps

The 1899 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 4, 1899 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Edwin M. Capps was elected Mayor with a majority of the votes.



Incumbent Mayor Daniel C. Reed stood for re-election to a second two-year term as a Republican. His re-election was contested by Edwin M. Capps, a Democrat, and John Helphingstine of the Socialist Labor party.[1]

One of the biggest issues during the campaign was municipal ownership of the water system. Capps, the city engineer, was seen as friendly to the San Diego Flume Company, while Reed was supported by the Southern California Mountain Water Company.[1]

On April 4, 1899, Capps was elected mayor with a majority of 52.3 percent of the vote. Reed came in second with 45.6 percent of the vote. Helphingstine came in third with only 2.1 percent.[2]

Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral election, 1899[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edwin M. Capps 1,714 52.3
Republican Daniel C. Reed 1,493 45.6
Socialist Labor John Helphingstine 70 2.1
Total votes 3,277 100


  1. ^ a b c d e Smythe, William Ellsworth (1908). History of San Diego, 1542-1908. San Diego: The History Company. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Capps is Elected". The San Diego Union and Daily Bee. April 5, 1899. Retrieved March 18, 2017.