2020 San Diego mayoral election

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2020 San Diego mayoral election
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Candidate Todd Gloria Barbara Bry
Party Democratic Democratic

Incumbent Mayor

Kevin Faulconer
Republican



The 2020 San Diego mayoral election will be held to elect the Mayor of San Diego. Incumbent Kevin Faulconer was ineligible to run for a third term due to term limits.

The officially non-partisan primary election was held on March 3, 2020. The top two finishers, California State Assemblymember and former acting mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego City Council president pro tem Barbara Bry advanced to the general election. This guaranteed that a Democrat would be elected mayor of San Diego for only the third time since 1971.[a]

The runoff between Gloria and Bry will take place on November 3, 2020.

Candidates[edit]

Note: Municipal elections in California are officially nonpartisan. The parties below identify which party label each candidate would have run under if given the option.

Qualified[edit]

Declined[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The campaign for the mayor's office kicked off in early January 2019, when San Diego City Council president pro tem Barbara Bry and California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria officially announced their candidacies.[17] They were joined in the race later that month by Tasha Williamson, a community activist who works with families who have lost members from police violence.[19] In November 2019, with less than 100 days to go before the primary, city council member Scott Sherman became the first major Republican to file papers for the mayoral race.[5]

One of the issues distinguishing the candidates from each other was housing policy. Local activist attorney Cory Briggs announced in January 2019 that he would run for mayor based on opposition to the loosening of development restrictions proposed by incumbent mayor Kevin Faulconer in his State of the City speech. However, Briggs dropped out of the race by May 2019.[20] In a June 2019 campaign email, Bry came out in favor of strong local control over land use and against statewide legislation to preempt local governments' ability to restrict new development. Gloria favored statewide efforts to increase housing supply, aligning himself with the pro-housing development "Yes In My Back Yard" (YIMBY) movement.[21] Sherman emphasized market-based solutions to housing upon his entry into the race in late 2019.[22]

In August 2019, Gloria was accused of collecting funds for his 2020 re-election campaign to the State Assembly before filing his intent to run with the state in violation of state law.[23][24] Gloria claimed this was a technical oversight and filed the relevant paperwork the next day.[25] In November 2019, Gloria settled the case with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, paying a $200 fine.[26]

Endorsements[edit]

Barbara Bry
Officeholders
Newspapers
Organizations
Other individuals
  • Sunday Gover, 2018 candidate for California's 77th State Assembly district[32]
  • Geneviéve Jones-Wright, 2018 candidate for San Diego County District Attorney[32]
  • Father Joe Carroll[30]
  • Lynn Schenk former congresswomen[30]
  • Pam Slater-Price, former county supervisor[30]
  • Richard Ybarra, San Diego Community Leader and son-in-law of Cesar Chavez[30]
  • Abdur-Rahim Hameed, President & CEO at National Black Contractors Association[30]
  • Gentry Patrick, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology and Creator and Faculty Director of the PATHS Scholar Program, UC San Diego[30]
  • Ann Dynes, Environmental Advocate[30]
  • Robert Dynes, Former Chancellor of The UCSD & Former President of the University of California (UC) system[30]
  • Dr. Alan Mobley, Director, Center for Transformative Justice/Executive Director, SDSU Project Rebound[30]
  • Marc Johnson. University Heights Resident & Community Leader[30]
  • Rita Lim-Wilby. Community Business Owner and Social Advocate[30]
  • Peter Cooper, Arts patron and LGBT Activist[30]
Todd Gloria
Officeholders
Newspapers
Organizations
Scott Sherman
Officeholders
Organizations

Primary election[edit]

The primary election was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. In the initial results, Gloria led with more than 40% of the vote and was projected to advance to the general election. Sherman narrowly led Bry by a little over 3,000 votes for the second spot in the general election.[57] By the second day of counting, Bry had reduced Sherman's margin for the second spot by 30 percent to 2,140.[58] Bry continued to gain on Sherman as more votes were counted, and on March 16 her votes surpassed his.[59] The final results released in early April confirmed that Gloria would face Bry in the runoff election. This guaranteed that a Democrat would be elected mayor of San Diego for only the third time since 1971.[60]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[b]
Margin
of error
Barbara
Bry
Todd
Gloria
Rich
Riel
Scott
Sherman
Gita
Applebaum
Singh
Tasha
Williamson
Undecided
SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV/San Diego Union-Tribune Feb. 6–8, 2020 527 (LV) ± 5.3% 13% 29% 2% 18% 2% 4% 32%
SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV/San Diego Union-Tribune Jan. 16–19, 2020 518 (LV) ± 5.2% 13% 29% 2% 18% 2% 5% 32%
SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV/San Diego Union-Tribune Sept. 3–5, 2019 550 (LV) ± 4.9% 15% 31% 8% 46%

Results[edit]

2020 San Diego mayoral primary election results[61]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Gloria 147,654 41.5%
Democratic Barbara Bry 81,541 22.9%
Republican Scott Sherman 80,352 22.6%
Democratic Tasha Williamson 25,629 7.2%
Democratic Gita Applebaum Singh 12,716 3.6%
Other Rich Riel 8,067 2.3%
Nonpartisan Jarvis Gandy (write-in) 3 0.0%
Total votes 355,994 100%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[b]
Margin
of error
Barbara
Bry
Todd
Gloria
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV/San Diego Union-Tribune Oct. 1–5, 2020 547 (LV) ± 5.3% 38% 39% 24%
SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV/San Diego Union-Tribune Aug. 28–31, 2020 517 (LV) ± 5.3% 37% 34% 29%
Strategies 360/Todd Gloria[A] Jul. 15–19, 2020 406 (LV) ± 4.9% 26% 41% 33%
GS Stategy Group/San Diego Lincoln Club Jun. 22–26, 2020 400 (LV) ± 4.9% 31% 34% 11%[c] 24%

Results[edit]

2020 San Diego mayoral general election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Gloria
Democratic Barbara Bry
Total votes 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Curran's term expired in 1971
  2. ^ a b Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  3. ^ "Neither" with 11%
  1. ^ Poll sponsored by Todd Gloria's campaign

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites