1975 San Diego mayoral election

1975 San Diego mayoral election
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Nominee Pete Wilson Lee Hubbard
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 91,069 46,965
Percentage 61.7% 31.9%

Mayor before election

Pete Wilson

Elected Mayor

Pete Wilson

The 1975 San Diego mayoral election was held on September 16, 1975 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent Pete Wilson stood for reelection.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, though some candidates do receive funding and support from various political parties.[1] The non-partisan primary was held September 16, 1975. Wilson received a majority of the votes in the primary and was reelected mayor with no need for a runoff election.



Incumbent Mayor Pete Wilson stood for reelection to a second term. Similar to his 1971 campaign, Wilson campaigned on a platform of controlling growth and preventing Los Angeles style sprawl. Other issues Wilson campaigned on included relocating the city airport from Lindbergh Field to Otay Mesa and opposing collective bargaining for public employees.[2] Wilson's only opponent with prior experience in elected office was Council Member Lee Hubbard, owner of a concrete contracting firm. Hubbard stood as a more pro-growth candidate. He also opposed Wilson's support for relocating the airport and was in favor of limited labor rights for city employees.[3]

In the September 16, 1975 primary election, Wilson was reelected mayor with 61.7 percent of the vote. Hubbard came in second with 31.9 percent of the vote. The remaining vote was split among three minor candidates. Because Wilson was elected outright in the primary, no runoff election was held.[4]

Primary election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1975[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Wilson 91,069 61.7
Republican Lee Hubbard 46,965 31.9
Nonpartisan Otis Jones 5,410 3.7
Nonpartisan John Kelley 3,054 2.1
Nonpartisan Kenny Olson 949 0.6
Total votes 147,447 100

General election[edit]

Because Wilson was reelected mayor with a majority of the votes in the primary, no runoff election was held.


  1. ^ "How to Run for Office". The City of San Diego-Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kreisher, Otto (September 14, 1975). "Candidates and Issues: Now It's the Voter's Turn". The San Diego Union. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Ross, Charles (April 10, 1975). "Hubbard Starts Campaign with Broadside at Mayor". The San Diego Union. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved March 10, 2017.