San Diego mayoral election, 1931

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San Diego mayoral election, 1931
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← 1929 April 7, 1931 (1931-04-07) 1932 →
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Nominee Walter W. Austin Harry C. Clark
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 23,178 8,589
Percentage 73.0% 27.0%

Mayor before election

Harry C. Clark
Republican

Elected Mayor

Walter W. Austin
Republican

The 1931 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 7, 1931 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent mayor Harry C. Clark stood for reelection to a third term. In the primary election, Clark and Walter W. Austin received the most votes and advanced to a runoff election. Austin was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes in the runoff.

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Incumbent Mayor Harry C. Clark stood for reelection to a third term. During the campaign, opponents of Clark argued that there had been little progress on $8.6 million voters had approved for water projects in 1924 under Clark's tenure.[1]

On March 24, 1931, Walter W. Austin came in first in the primary election with 43.5 percent of the votes, followed by Clark in second place with 22.4 percent. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, Austin and Clark advanced to a runoff election, on April 7, 1931, Austin came in first place in the runoff election with 73 percent of the vote and was elected to the office of the mayor.[2]

Primary Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1931[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter W. Austin 11,167 43.5
Republican Harry C. Clark 5,748 22.4
Nonpartisan George S. Parker 5,449 21.2
Nonpartisan David L. Rosco 2,470 9.6
Nonpartisan Bryant H. Howard 439 1.7
Nonpartisan Samuel Rose 216 0.8
Nonpartisan William I. Kinsley 103 0.4
Nonpartisan Flemmer Adams 95
Total votes 25,687 100

General Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral general election, 1931[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter W. Austin 23,178 73.0
Republican Harry C. Clark 8,589 27.0
Total votes 31,767 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pourade, Richard (1967). The History of San Diego Volume VI: The Rising Tide, 1920-1941. San Diego: Copley Press. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved September 8, 2017.