1963 San Diego mayoral election

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San Diego mayoral election, 1963
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← 1959 November 5, 1963 (1963-11-05) 1967 →
  Mayor Frank E. Curran.jpg
Nominee Frank Curran Murray D. Goodrich
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 96,898 55,520
Percentage 63.6% 36.4%

Mayor before election

Charles Dail

Elected Mayor

Frank Curran

The 1963 San Diego mayoral election was held on November 5, 1963 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent mayor Charles Dail did not stand for reelection. In the primary election, Frank Curran and Murray Goodrich received the most votes and advanced to the runoff. Curran was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes.



Incumbent Mayor Charles Dail did not stand for reelection due to failing health and declining power related to a recall attempt. The election drew a crowded field, including three members of the San Diego City Council: Frank Curran, Helen Cobb, and Alan Hitch. Other major contenders included David Casey, an attorney, and Murray Goodrich, a surplus aircraft parts dealer and aluminum smelter.[1]

On September 17, 1963, Frank Curran came in first in the primary election with 22.4 percent of the vote, followed by Murray D. Goodrich in second with 21.0 percent, David S. Casey in third with 20.4 percent and Allen Hitch in fourth with 17.7 percent. None of the other remaining eight candidates received more than 10 percent of the vote. Because no candidate received a majority of the vote, a runoff election was held between the top two finishers, Curran and Goodrich. On November 5, 1963 Curran received a majority of 63.6 percent of the vote in the runoff and was elected to the office of the mayor.[4]

Primary Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1963[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Curran 25,480 22.4
Democratic Murray D. Goodrich 23,843 21.0
Nonpartisan David S. Casey 23,178 20.4
Republican Allen Hitch 20,145 17.7
Nonpartisan Helen R. Cobb 7,662 6.7
Nonpartisan Donald J. Hartley 5,216 4.6
Nonpartisan Gerard A. Dougherty 3,841 3.4
Nonpartisan Joseph Costa 1,832 1.6
Nonpartisan Kenneth W. Olson 930 0.8
Nonpartisan William Matselboba Sr. 564 0.5
Nonpartisan John B. Schneider 520 0.5
Nonpartisan Juan Rivera Rosario 412 0.4
Total votes 113,623 100

General Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral general election, 1963[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Curran 96,898 63.6
Democratic Murray D. Goodrich 55,520 36.4
Total votes 152,418 100


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  2. ^ "Political Speakers at USD". Digital USD. University of San Diego. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "State-by-State Review of 1967 Elections". CQ Almanac 1967. Washington, DC. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved September 10, 2017.