The Race for City Hall

November 9, 2005
After a decisive victory in San Diego's mayoral election Tuesday, Jerry Sanders said he plans to begin work right away to get the city back on track, including working with local businesses and using their operating models.
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November 8, 2005
Former police chief Jerry Sanders declared victory Tuesday night over Councilwoman Donna Frye in the race for troubled San Diego's City Hall.
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November 8, 2005
In the daily tracking poll released today by El Cajon-based Datamar Inc., Jerry Sanders retains his lead of 51 percent to 44 percent for Donna Frye.
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November 7, 2005
The most recent polls -- and some local political experts -- are predicting a win for mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders in Tuesday's election, though candidate Donna Frye has closed the gap in recent days.
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November 4, 2005
Both mayoral candidates have declared themselves "the new San Diego" as they go into the final weekend before the Nov. 8 election.
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November 4, 2005
In a poll released Friday by Datamar Inc., Jerry Sanders is retaining his lead of 51 percent to 44 percent for Donna Frye as election day draws closer.
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November 3, 2005
Both camps in the mayoral campaign tried to put their best foot forward at Wednesday night's debate, and some familiar with the race say the candidate who looked the most mayoral has the best chance at snagging undecided votes Nov. 8.
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November 2, 2005
With the mayoral election less than one week away, Jerry Sanders unveiled his plan for the first 90 days of his administration should he win the race.
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November 1, 2005
San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre says he will find a way to work with the city's next mayor -- regardless of who wins the election, and the candidates agree.
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November 1, 2005
Recent local polls have shown mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders leading opposing candidate Donna Frye by as many as 13 points, but a USA Today poll released Monday indicates the race may be much closer than that.
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October 28, 2005
La Jolla has given more money to the local mayoral candidates than any other area of San Diego, leading the pack in donations for both Jerry Sanders and Donna Frye.
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October 27, 2005
Though she lags in both the polls and funding, mayoral candidate Donna Frye said she is confident that her campaign's "heart" will carry her through to City Hall.
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October 26, 2005
Mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders called his opposition's pension benefits into question Wednesday, saying Councilwoman Donna Frye is not being completely honest when it comes to her benefits.
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October 26, 2005
San Diegans think there is a bright future ahead for the city, according to a Datamar poll released Wednesday, and the majority think Jerry Sanders is the candidate to get them there.
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October 21, 2005
Jerry Sanders' mayoral campaign received two endorsements Friday, with the Performance Institute backing his recovery plan and the Association of Builders and Contractors recommending its members vote for him.
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October 21, 2005
Social issues were discussed more prominently than in most campaign stops for San Diego's mayoral candidates when they visited a forum in Hillcrest on Friday.
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October 21, 2005
A survey released Friday shows mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders' lead continues to grow in the race for San Diego's City Hall.
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October 20, 2005
Both mayoral candidates Jerry Sanders and Donna Frye have said their plans for the city will likely result in job cuts, but each has offered a different take on just who will be getting a pink slip.
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October 19, 2005
Though mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders called the race for San Diego's City Hall "nonpartisan" Wednesday and insisted both sides will need to work together to solve the city's problems, both he and opposing candidate Donna Frye amped up their attacks on one another.
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October 17, 2005
With only three weeks left before Election Day, San Diego's mayoral hopefuls are pushing their campaigns into high gear and intensifying their efforts to grab voters' attention.
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October 13, 2005
Telling a group of San Diego State University students that they will be the ones to pay for San Diego's deficits if Jerry Sanders is elected mayor, opposing candidate Donna Frye said that she would use taxes as a last resort but won't unequivocally rule out an increase.
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October 7, 2005
Both the Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders campaigns presented on Wednesday experts who backed their respective plans and pointed out where they felt their opponent's fiscal outlines are flawed.
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October 7, 2005
Mayoral candidate Donna Frye defended her economic recovery plan in a debate Friday, saying the plan's controversial vote for a potential half-cent sales tax hike is more honest than the plan of her opponent Jerry Sanders.
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October 5, 2005
While recent polls indicate Jerry Sanders and Donna Frye nearly tied in their race to be the next mayor of San Diego, Sanders is well ahead of his opponent when it comes to fund raising, campaign finance forms show.
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October 4, 2005
Mayoral candidates Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders took a rare detour from talking about San Diego's pension crisis to discuss a series of other issues, including housing, the environment and the possibility of a library downtown, at a question and answer session Tuesday.
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September 30, 2005
It has been so long since the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed a mayoral candidate, that some of its longest serving members don't even remember.
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September 29, 2005
The city's largest business organization, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, endorsed mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders, citing his track record of leadership, a positive plan and a good set of advisers.
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September 28, 2005
Mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders released a complete financial plan Wednesday that takes a long-term, incremental approach to solving the city's mounting financial problems.
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September 28, 2005
Democratic mayoral candidate Donna Frye took her financial recovery plan on the road Wednesday, stressing how it will bring the public into the city's deficit discussions through referendums.
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September 23, 2005
Mayoral candidate Donna Frye released her financial plan for San Diego at City Hall on Friday, dubbing it her "AAA Plan" in hopes of calling to mind both emergency roadside service and the highest credit rating a city can have.
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September 19, 2005
In a campaign that has been slow-going since Labor Day, mayoral candidates Jerry Sanders and Donna Frye traded jabs Monday at a dual speaking engagement that turned into more of a debate.
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September 15, 2005
San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye and former Police Chief Jerry Sanders will square off in two-hour debate hosted by the University of California, San Diego September 30, the school announced Thursday.
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September 14, 2005
A citizens group charged with helping oversee the city of San Diego's transition to a strong mayor form of government is critical of the city's progress, but city officials are confident it will get done in time.
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September 8, 2005
Mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders took the first step in reheating the campaign for the Nov. 8 mayoral election by notifying 300 municipal management staff that their letters of resignation will be expected if he's elected.
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September 6, 2005
An evaluation of Councilwoman Donna Frye's voting record on discussion items brought before the San Diego City Council since 2002 has found that she and other council members voted with former Mayor Dick Murphy more than 75 percent of the time.
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August 23, 2005
The Donna Frye for Mayor campaign has hired nationally recognized campaign strategist Paul Worlie to lead the fight into the Nov. 8 mayoral election.
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August 18, 2005
With the special mayoral run-off election less than three months away, a political organization is suing the city of San Diego over what it deems to be unconstitutional campaign contribution laws.
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August 15, 2005
The list of statewide propositions that will appear on the San Diego mayoral ballot likely will pull large campaign donations from liberal statewide organizations looking to draw voters to the polls, which some expect will help Donna Frye.
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August 8, 2005
Mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders has assembled a 15-member "City Hall Reorganization and Recovery Group" to assist in designing solutions for the city's growing financial and political woes.
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July 27, 2005
On the first day of campaigning for the Nov. 8 run-off election between Councilwoman Donna Frye and former Police Chief Jerry Sanders, both candidates came out swinging, touting their past accomplishments and dubbing each other the "politics as usual" candidate.
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July 26, 2005
Councilwoman Donna Frye and former police chief Jerry Sanders will face each other in a runoff on Nov. 8 after Tuesday's special election.
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July 26, 2005
The City Council nominated and approved Councilwoman Toni Atkins to the deputy mayor position, solidifying a temporary leader until a new executive is elected.
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July 22, 2005
With just days left before voters head to the ballots to choose San Diego's next mayor, campaining has taken an ugly turn with the ariring of television attack ads and increaslingy bitter dialouge between candidates.
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July 21, 2005
San Diego City Councilman Ralph Inzunza submitted his letter of resignation Thursday morning after being convicted of nine felony offenses earlier this week.
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July 21, 2005
The Westgate Hotel, located nearly a quarter-mile from Golden Hall, will break the hall's 26-year-long tradition of hosting Election Central on July 26.
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July 20, 2005
For about one-fourth of residents in this city of 1.3 million, there's no one to call about that nasty pothole or unsightly graffiti.
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July 19, 2005
San Diego's acting mayor has been convicted of taking illegal campaign cash, leaving the nation's seventh-biggest city rudderless at one of the most troubled points in its history.
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July 18, 2005
Hours after a federal court convicted San Diego's new acting mayor and a city councilman of multiple charges, the remaining six council members convened for a brief meeting and elected Council member Toni Atkins as mayor pro tem for the remainder of this week.
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July 15, 2005
Mayor Dick Murphy packed his belongings and bid farewell to his staff Friday, ending a 4 1/2 year tenure that was cut short when he resigned amid a wave of scandal.
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July 14, 2005
Mayor Dick Murphy's impressive accomplishments in politics and life were based on his most visible principles of patience and persistence, which proved to be the same characteristics that paved the road to his untimely political demise. The tale is fraught with enough irony to make Sophocles jealous.
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June 29, 2005
Two commonly touted solutions to reduce the city's pension deficit used by mayoral candidates are to challenge the legality of some retirement benefits or reopen negotiations with city labor unions.
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June 28, 2005
In its last act before the legislative recess, the San Diego City Council unanimously passed an ordinance consolidating a potential runoff election for mayor with the special statewide election on Nov. 8.
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June 27, 2005
Councilwoman Donna Frye and former police chief Jerry Sanders have a solid lead over the rest of the candidates for mayor of San Diego, according to the latest poll published by Datamar. The survey also found that Sanders leads Frye in a head-to-head match up.
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June 21, 2005
Poll results released Tuesday show Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders leading San Diego’s mayoral election with 37 percent of the votes and 29 percent of the votes, respectively.
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June 20, 2005
A traditional stand-alone election is not an option for a possible mayoral run-off election, according to the Registrar of Voters for San Diego County.
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June 17, 2005
City Clerk Charles Abdelnour sent out a letter recently urging City Council to adopt an ordinance combining a potential run-off election for mayor with the special statewide election in November.
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June 16, 2005
Five candidates vying to succeed Mayor Dick Murphy in the July 26 election faced off Thursday in a sometimes contentious but mainly predictable debate that focused on differing visions to solve the city's financial crisis.
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June 14, 2005
The disinformation game is afoot. Start with the real "amount" of the city's pension deficit. Try $6.2 billion. The politicians are now "comfortable" with the oft-cited $1.3 billion deficit number. These are the same politicians who earnestly told us just two years that there was no deficit. The latest number is just as goofy.
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June 13, 2005
Mayoral candidates Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders hold a commanding a double-digit lead over the rest of the field in the campaign for the July 26 mayoral election, according to a new poll released by Datamar Inc.
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June 10, 2005
The campaign trail continued to heat up Friday as two of San Diego's mayoral candidates outlined their plan to assure the city's financial recovery. Both used dramatic backdrops for their news conference -- one supposedly representing the current crisis with the other trying to illustrate a promising future.
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June 9, 2005
Mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders is willing to consider a tax increase or a bankruptcy filing in order to solve the city's mounting financial troubles, but only as a last resort.
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June 8, 2005
Mayoral candidate Pat Shea stood in front of the city-owned Torrey Pines Golf Course last week and said the only way to save the city from a slow financial collapse was to bring it through a corporate reorganization, also called bankruptcy.
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CANDIDATE COMMENTARY
June 8, 2005
Over the past several years, San Diegans have watched the financial condition of the city's employee pension fund deteriorate. The city's credit rating has been downgraded by Wall Street rating agencies, local and federal investigations have been launched, and the national media has made San Diego the poster child for widespread problems with public employee pension funds.
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June 2, 2005
The first debate in what is being billed as the city's most important mayoral election might go down as one of the biggest spoofs in local political campaign history. The event was as much "Saturday Night Live" as it was serious discussion.
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June 1, 2005
Mayoral candidates running in the July 26 primary election sought to brand their campaigns Wednesday by providing plans to dig out of the city's estimated $1.37 billion pension deficit.
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May 25, 2005
The San Diego City Council declined to conduct the July 26 mayoral election by using a mail-only ballot voting methodology that hasn't been used here since 1981.
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May 19, 2005
The field of candidates for the July 26 mayoral election was expanded Thursday with an announcement from local businessman Steve Francis that could be classified as unusual.
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May 16, 2005
The small but committed group of San Diegans who have fought to keep the Mount Soledad Cross where it is may end up playing a big role in the election of San Diego's next mayor.
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May 9, 2005
With the field of candidates starting to take shape for the upcoming July 26 mayoral primary election, two candidates have taken bold stances on attacking the city's $1.37 billion pension shortfall -- a rollback of retiree benefits.
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May 4, 2005
The field of candidates running for mayor got smaller when Ron Roberts announced he will not take a fourth shot at the post.
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May 2, 2005
City Council approved holding a primary election on July 26 despite concerns that an election this year to replace Mayor Dick Murphy could distract city officials from dealing with looming financial problems.
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April 29, 2005
In addressing legal questions Friday about the impending mayoral vacancy, City Attorney Michael Aguirre was adamant that the selection process be completed quickly.
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April 29, 2005
With City Attorney Michael Aguirre pushing for a July 26 primary in the election to fill Mayor Dick Murphy's post, concerns are surfacing that a campaign process during the city's budget deliberation could lead to bad decisions.
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April 25, 2005
he resignation of Mayor Dick Murphy on Monday took many colleagues by surprise. There may, however, be consternation brewing on the City Council about how and when his successor will be chosen.
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Election Results
Where to find Special Election Results on the Web
San Diego County
State of California

The Candidates
Donna Frye
Councilwoman
Democratic candidate for mayor
Entered Race: April 25
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Biography; Statement
Web Site: www.donnafryeformayor.com/
Jerry Sanders
Former San Diego Police Chief
Republican candidate for mayor
Entered Race: May 3
Party Affiliation: Republican
Biography; Statement
Web Site: www.jerrysandersformayor.com


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