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1909 San Diego mayoral election

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1909 San Diego mayoral election
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← 1907 April 6, 1909 (1909-04-06) 1911 →
Mayor Conard.jpg
John F Forward Sr.jpg
Nominee Grant Conard John F. Forward Sr.
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 3,606 3,158
Percentage 53.3% 46.7%

Mayor before election

John F. Forward Sr.

Elected Mayor

Grant Conard

The 1909 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 6, 1909 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent Mayor John F. Forward Sr. and Grant Conard received the most votes in the primary election and advanced to the runoff. Conard was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes.



Incumbent Mayor John F. Forward Sr. stood for reelection on the Republican ticket. Grant Conard, who was previously the runner up in the 1907 election, once again challenged Forward as a Republican running a non-political campaign.[2] Also contesting the race was W.J. Kirkwood, a Socialist.[1]

The 1909 election was the first to be held in San Diego using the primary election system.[3] On March 23, 1909, Forward and Conard received the two highest vote totals and advanced to the general election. Conard was then elected mayor on April 6, 1909 with a majority of the votes in the runoff.[1]

Primary Election results

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1909[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John F. Forward Sr. 2,356 40.4
Republican Grant Conard 2,265 38.9
Socialist W.J. Kirkwood 1,206 20.7
Total votes 5,827 100

General Election results

San Diego mayoral general election, 1909[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Grant Conard 3,606 53.3
Republican John F. Forward Sr. 3,158 46.7
Total votes 6,764 100


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Conard Tells His Mayoralty Issue". The San Diego Union. February 19, 1909. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ McGrew, Clarence Alan (1922). City of San Diego and San Diego County: The Birthplace of California. American Historical Society. p. 231. Retrieved March 19, 2017. primary election.
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