The city of San Diego, California, is set to welcome a new mayor and five new city council members following the 2020 election. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the District 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 members of the city council did not file to run for re-election in 2020. With nine total council seats, new members will outnumber those with experience on the council.
The mayor and five city council seats will be on San Diego’s general election ballot on November 3, 2020, along with an election for city attorney. A primary is scheduled for March 3. The two candidates who receive the most votes in each race’s primary will advance to the general election. The filing deadline for this election passed on December 6, 2019.
The election to replace Faulconer, who was first elected mayor of San Diego on February 11, 2014, includes six candidates. Two of those candidates—Barbara Bry and Scott Sherman—are current city council members, representing Districts 1 and 7, respectively. District 3 incumbent Christopher Ward is running for election to the California State Assembly to represent District 78. District 5 incumbent Mark Kersey could not file to run for re-election due to term limits, and District 9 incumbent Georgette Gomez is running for election to the U.S. House to represent California’s 53rd Congressional District. Between four and nine candidates are running for each open city council seat in the primary.
San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott is the only city incumbent whose term is on the ballot this year who is running for re-election. She faces two challengers—Cory Briggs and Pete Mesich—in the primary.
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