2008 San Diego mayoral election

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2008 San Diego mayoral election
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Nominee Jerry Sanders Steve Francis
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 116,527 73,665
Percentage 54.3% 34.3%

Mayor before election

Jerry Sanders

Elected Mayor

Jerry Sanders

The 2008 San Diego mayoral election was held on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent mayor Jerry Sanders ran for a second term as mayor against field of four other candidates.

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, though some candidates do receive funding and support from various political parties. The non-partisan primary was held Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Since the incumbent Sanders received a majority of primary votes, he was elected outright with no need for a runoff in the November general election.[1]



Fellow republican Steve Francis was considered the main opponent to incumbent Jerry Sanders by local reporters.[5] The race was notable for the open hostility between the two front-runners. Memorably, after an April debate in Balboa Park, instead of shaking Francis's hand, Sanders privately said "Fuck you, Steve" instead. Francis later reported the profanity to the local media. In response to questions about the incident, Sanders claimed that he was frustrated with Francis trying to "buy the office" with his personal fortune and conducting push polls impugning his record as mayor.[6]

Primary election results[edit]

San Diego Mayoral Primary election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Sanders 116,527 54.3
Republican Steve Francis 73,665 34.3
Democratic Floyd L. Morrow 13,620 6.4
Nonpartisan Eric M. Bidwell 8,368 3.9
Republican James B. Hart 2,392 0.7
Total votes 214,572 100

General election[edit]

Because Sanders won a majority of the votes in the June primary, there was no need for a runoff in the November general election.


  1. ^ "How to Run for Office". The City of San Diego-Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Francis Congratulates Sanders On Election Win". ABC 10 News. 4 June 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Allison (31 May 2008). "Fringe candidate stirs up San Diego mayoral race". USA Today. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  5. ^ St. John, Alison (24 April 2008). "Mayor Sanders Defends Profanity Against Francis". KPBS. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ Donohue, Andrew (23 April 2008). "I Said 'F--- You, Steve'". Voice of San Diego. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.