2012 San Diego elections

2012 San Diego City Council election
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5 of 9 seats on the San Diego City Council
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Seats before 5 3
Seats after 5 4
Seat change Steady Increase 1

Council President before election

Tony Young
Democratic

Elected Council President

Todd Gloria
Democratic

The 2012 San Diego elections occurred on November 6, 2012 for mayor, four seats to the San Diego City Council, city attorney, and propositions. The primary election was held on June 5, 2012. This was the first San Diego City Council election to use nine council districts. Five of the nine seats were contested. Two incumbents ran for reelection in their same district and one ran for election in the newly created ninth district.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, although most members do identify a party preference. A two-round system was used for the election, starting with a primary in June followed by a runoff in November between the top-two candidates if no candidate received a majority of the votes in the first round.

Campaign[edit]

Council Districts used for the 2012 election

The 2012 election was the first to use the new districts created by the 2010 Redistricting Commission. Seats in districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 were up for election.

Carl DeMaio did not run for re-election when his term expired in 2012; he was replaced by Mark Kersey, who ran unopposed for the District 5 seat. Scott Sherman was narrowly elected in June to the District 7 seat, which had no incumbent. Todd Gloria (District 3) and Marti Emerald (District 9) won re-election by getting more than 50% in the June primary. Sherri Lightner (District 1) was forced into a November runoff which she won, 55% to 45%.[1][2]

During the 2012 election cycle the local Republican Party made a strong bid to take over the majority on the (officially nonpartisan) city council.[3] They ran a coordinated slate of three candidates, of whom Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman were elected to seats with no incumbent, but Ray Ellis lost to incumbent Sherri Lightner, so that the council maintained a partisan balance of five Democrats and four Republicans.

Results[edit]

District 1[edit]

District 1 consists of the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Del Mar Heights, La Jolla, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and University City. Incumbent council member Sherri Lightner ran for reelection. Although she received fewer votes than Ray Ellis in the June primary, she was reelected with a majority of the vote in the November general election.

San Diego City Council District 1 election, 2012[4]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ray Ellis 14,133 45.61
Democratic Sherri Lightner 12,889 41.59
Democratic Bryan Pease 2,210 7.13
Nonpartisan Dennis Ridz 1,755 5.66
Total votes 30,987 100
General election
Democratic Sherri Lightner 31,585 54.96
Republican Ray Ellis 25,881 45.04
Total votes 57,466 100

District 3[edit]

District 3 consists of the communities of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill/Park West, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Old Town, South Park, and University Heights. Incumbent council member Todd Gloria ran for reelection unopposed.

San Diego City Council District 3 election, 2012[5]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Gloria 24,475 100.00
Total votes 24,475 100

District 5[edit]

District 5 consists of the neighborhoods of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, and Torrey Highlands. Incumbent council member Carl DeMaio chose not run for reelection so that he could instead run for mayor of San Diego. Mark Kersey ran for the empty seat unopposed.

San Diego City Council District 5 election, 2012[6]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kersey 24,869 100.00
Total votes 24,869 100

District 7[edit]

District 7 consists of the neighborhoods of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, San Carlos, Serra Mesa, and Tierrasanta. Incumbent council member Marti Emerald chose to run for reelection in the newly created district 9 instead of district 7. Scott Sherman was elected with a majority of the vote in the June primary.

San Diego City Council District 7 election, 2012[7]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Sherman 15,575 50.17
Democratic Mat Kostrinsky 12,462 40.14
Nonpartisan Rik Hauptfeld 1,794 5.78
Nonpartisan Nathan E. Johnson 1,212 3.90
Total votes 31,043 100

District 9[edit]

District 9 consists of the communities of Alvarado Estates, City Heights, College Area, College View Estates, El Cerrito, Kensington, Mountain View, Mount Hope, Rolando, Southcrest, and Talmadge. Incumbent council member from district 7 Marti Emerald chose to run for reelection in the newly created district 9. She was elected with a majority of the vote in the June primary election.

San Diego City Council District 9 election, 2012[8]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marti Emerald 10,107 72.14
Democratic Mateo Camarillo 3,904 27.86
Total votes 14,011 100

District 4 special election (2013)[edit]

On November 17, 2012, Council President Tony Young announced that he would resign from the City Council early to become CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross. His resignation on January 1, 2013 triggered a special election for the balance of his term, ending in 2014.[9] Nine candidates qualified for the special primary election, scheduled for March 26, 2013.[10] Myrtle Cole, who had been endorsed by the local Democratic Party and the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, received the most votes in the primary. She advanced to the May 21, 2013 general election to face runner-up Dwayne Crenshaw, Executive Director of San Diego LGBT Pride.[11] Cole was elected to the City Council with a majority of the votes in the runoff.[12]

San Diego City Council District 4 special election, 2013[13]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Myrtle Cole 4,304 32.3
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 2,025 15.2
Democratic Brian "Barry" Pollard 1,548 11.6
Democratic Ray Smith 1,207 9.1
Democratic Blanca Lopez Brown 1,084 8.1
Republican Sandy Spackman 1,067 8.0
Democratic Bruce Williams 1,059 8.0
Democratic Tony Villafranca 621 4.7
Democratic Monica Montgomery 404 3.0
Total votes 13,319 100
General election
Democratic Myrtle Cole 6,612 54.1
Democratic Dwayne Crenshaw 5,603 45.9
Total votes 12,215 100

Aftermath[edit]

The new city council was sworn in December 3, 2012. The week after the election, Council President Tony Young announced that he would resign from the City Council to become CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross. His resignation on January 1, 2013 triggered a special election for the balance of his term, which ended in 2014.[14] At its first meeting the Council unanimously elected Todd Gloria to succeed him as Council President.[15] On May 21, 2013 Myrtle Cole was elected to finish the remainder of Young's term.[16]

Mayor[edit]

After a contentious race during the June primary, Congressman Bob Filner was elected mayor with a majority of the votes in the November election.

Results[edit]

San Diego Mayoral Primary election, 2012[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl DeMaio 73,508 31.4
Democratic Bob Filner 73,216 30.5
Independent Nathan Fletcher 57,939 24.1
Republican Bonnie Dumanis 31,926 13.3
Nonpartisan Tobiah Pettus[19] 1,709 0.7
Nonpartisan Write-in Candidates 752 0.3
Total votes 241,050 100


June propositions[edit]

Proposition A[edit]

Ballot Title: Prohibits the City from Requiring Project Labor Agreements on City Construction Projects

Ballot Language: "Should the City of San Diego be prohibited from requiring contractors to use Project Labor Agreements for City construction projects, except where required by law, and should the Mayor be required to post online all construction contracts over $25,000?"

Proposition A
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 134,724 58.09
No 97,209 41.91
Total votes 231,933 100.00

Proposition B[edit]

Ballot Title: Amends City Charter Regarding Retirement Benefits

Ballot Language: "Should the Charter be amended to: direct City negotiators to seek limits on a City employee's compensation used to calculate pension benefits; eliminate defined benefit pensions for all new City Officials and employees, except police officers, substituting a defined contribution 401(k)-type plan; require substantially equal pension contributions from the City and employees; and eliminate, if permissible, a vote of employees or retirees to change their benefits?"

Proposition B
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 154,216 65.81
No 80,126 34.19
Total votes 234,342 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County of San Diego, Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, June 5, 2012" (PDF). San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ "County of San Diego Presidential General Election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012". San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ Gustafson, Craig (November 19, 2011). "Republicans seek majority on San Diego council". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Election History - Council District 1" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Election History - Council District 3" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Election History - Council District 5" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Election History - Council District 7" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Election History - Council District 9" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Council President Tony Young to Vacate Seat, Work for Red Cross". NBC 7 San Diego. November 17, 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Official Ballot Municipal Special Election - City Council District 4" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  11. ^ Dillon, Liam (26 March 2013). "Cole, Crenshaw Advance in District 4". Voice of San Diego. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ Gustafson, Craig (21 May 2013). "Cole defeats Crenshaw in District 4 council race". UT San Diego. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  13. ^ "City of San Diego Municipal Special Election Results". County of San Diego. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Council President Tony Young to Vacate Seat, Work for Red Cross". NBC 7 San Diego. November 17, 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Gloria succeeds Young as City Council president". CBS-8. December 3, 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  16. ^ Gustafson, Craig (21 May 2013). "Cole defeats Crenshaw in District 4 council race". UT San Diego. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  17. ^ "San Diego Registrar". sdcounty.ca.gov. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  19. ^ "Tobiah L. Pettus". Smartvoter.org. League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

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