The position of Mayor was created by the Charter of 1905.  The 1905 Charter made the term elective every two years until the Charter was changed in the 1970s.

    General Municipal Election April 10, 1905:  Hiram Merritt Barton.

    General Municipal Election April 8, 1907:  John J. “Pop” Hanford.

    General Municipal Election April 1909: Samuel W. McNabb (March 2, 1909 nominating convention) Source: Los Angeles Times March 3, 1909).

    Primary Municipal Election March 14, 1911: Republicans: Ralph E. Swing (562 votes), C.A. Rouse (37), Joseph Bright (82), N.A. Richardson (9) ; Democratic  J.S. Bright (139 votes), C.A. Rouse (120 votes), Ralph E. Swing (125 votes); Socialist N.A. Richardson (23 votes), C.A. Rouse (1 vote). (Source, Minutes of the Mayor and Common Council, March 1911.

    General Municipal Election April 10, 1911:  Joseph S. Bright defeated Ralph E. Swing and N.A. Richardson (Source: Minutes of the Mayor and Common Council April 12, 1911).

    Primary Municipal Election March 18, 1913: Republican: Joseph S. Bright (333 votes), J.W. Cattick (37 votes), W.E. Irving (131 votes), Thomas Holmes (140 votes), L. William Gurr (18 votes); 1 vote each for Ralph E. Swing, B.J. McCormick, W. Keefer, Ben Emerson, P.Caro, W. Grant, R.E. Parmazette, Henry Eckhardt, J. Brice, Parker, J.G. Montgomery, H.H. Chase and Henry Herkelrath. For the Democratic primary: Joseph S. Bright (116 votes), J.W. Catick (35 votes), Thomas Holmes (90 votes), W.E. Irving (14 votes), L. William Gurr  (12 votes), For Socialist: L. William Gurr (92 votes), Thomas Holmes (8 votes), Joseph S. Bright (2 votes) and W.E. Irving (1 vote). For the Prohibition Primary Joseph S. Bright (14 votes), L. William Gurr (1 vote), and W.E. Irving (1 vote).  (Minutes of the Mayor and Common Council March 1913).

    General Municipal Election April 18, 1913: The candidates were to be J.S. Bright (Republican), J.S. Bright (Democratic), L. William Gurr (Socialist) and J.S. Bright (Republican).  It must come as some surprise that  Joseph W. Catick won, in that he wasn’t nominated in the primary election, so something went on.  J.W. Catick was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times of March 16, 1913 as the “only legal candidate.”

    General Municipal Election  April 12, 1915: George H. Wixom beat J.W. Catick by more than 550 votes, and won against Hiram Barton, J.L. Mack and H.C. Seccombe. Over 5000 votes were cast (Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1915)

    Recall Election December 1915: Voters defeated the recall of George H. Wixom. (Los Angeles Times, December 15, 1915)

    General Municipal Election April 9, 1917: Joseph W. Catick (Wet) won by 247 votes over N.A. Richardson (Prohibition) and C.W. Boswell. (Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1917).

    Election 1919: John A. Henderson

    Election 1921: Samuel W. McNabb

    General Municipal Election April 1923: Samuel W. McNabb defeated Joseph Catick  (in the primary, Catick led McNabb by 23 votes, but the primary was “subsequently declared illegal.”  (Los Angles Times, March 26, 1923).

    (Grant Holcomb appointed February 9, 1925 because Samuel W. McNabb appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California)

    Primary Municipal Election March 1925 Grant Holcomb, Fred A. Wilson, others.

    General Municipal Election April 13, 1925: Grant Holcomb wins (3,290 votes) to Fred A. Wilson (3,124) (source: http://www.sbcity.org/about/history/mystery_photograph.asp).

    Primary Municipal Election March 11, 1927: Ira N. Gilbert and Grant Holcomb are the top two vote-getters. (Source: Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1927).

    General Municipal Election April 11, 1927: Ira N. Gilbert defeats Grant Holcomb by 64 votes. (Source: Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1927).

    General Municipal Election April 1929: John C. Ralphs, Jr. wins against two other candidates.  (Los Angeles Times April 7, 1929).

    General Municipal Election 1931: Ira N. Gilbert defeats J.W. Catick (Los Angeles Times, April 15, 1931).

    Election 1933: Ormonde W. Seccombe elected.

    Election April 8, 1935: Clarence T. Johnson elected.

    Election 1937: Clarence T. Johnson elected.

    Election 1939: Henry C. McAllister elected.

    Election March 17, 1941: Will C. Seccombe elected.

    Election 1943: Will C. Seccombe elected.

    Election 1945: Will C. Seccombe elected.

    Election 1947: James E. Cunningham, Sr. elected.

    Primary Election March 21, 1949: James E. Cunningham, Sr.(5,398 votes, Ormonde Seccombe (3,869 votes), Jess G. Stinson, one other (Los Angeles Times, March 22, 1949).

    General Municipal Election April 12, 1949: James E. Cunnigham, Sr. over Ormonde Seccombe (Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1949).

    (Clarence T. Johnson appointed December 16, 1950, filled term until next municipal election)

    Primary Municipal Election March 1949: George T. Blair, Clarence T. Johnson, and Ormonde Seccombe.

    General Municipal Election April 9, 1951: George T. Blair wins, Clarence T. Johnson in second, Ormonde Seccombe runs as a write-in. (Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1951).

    Primary Municipal Election March, 1953: George T. Blair elected by six votes over four opponents (Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1956).

    General Municipal Election April 12, 1955: Raymond H. Gregory.

    Primary Municipal Election March 16, 1957: Raymond H. Gregory elected (served until December 31, 1957, when he went to the State Senate, then Elwood D. “Mike” Kremer for the remainder of the term); ran against Earl Beach and Ralph Guy (Los Angeles Times March 17, 1957)

    Primary Municipal Election March 17, 1959: Raymond H. Gregory and Mike Kremer (2,995 votes) , Donald G. Maudlin (2,812 votes), Earl Beach (1,211 votes), Gourtney W. Short (1,466 votes), and three others (Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1959, March 18, 1959).

    General Municipal Election April 14, 1959: Preliminary returns Raymond H. Gregory(3,828 votes to Mike Kremer’s 2,803 votes, Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin had 622 votes. (Los Angeles Times, April 15, 1959) (Raymond Gregory won).

    Primary Municipal Election March 21, 1961: Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin and Raymond H. Gregory advance against Ossie S. Lovgren (44 votes)  and William J. Lucas (142 votes). (Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1961, March 22, 1961)

    General Municipal Election April 1961: Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin is elected over  Raymond H. Gregory.

    Primary Municipal Election February 2, 1963: Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin had a slim lead over his closest opponents. (Los Angeles Times February 3, 1963).

    General Municipal Election April 1963: Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin re-elected (11,742 votes) (Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1963).

    Primary Municipal Election February 2, 1965: Al C. Ballard (1997 votes) trailed Donald G. “Bud” Maudlin (1997 votes), Raymond H. Gregory had 1876 votes, and there was one other candidate  (Los Angeles Times, February 3, 1965 and April 14, 1965)

    General Municipal Election April 1965: Al C. Ballard (11,848 votes) defeats Donald G. Maudlin (10,560) (Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1965).

    Primary Municipal Election February 1967: Al C. Ballard elected.

    Primary Municipal Election February 4, 1969: Al C. Ballard, Charles Brame, Robert Henley and four other candidates (Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1969).

    General Municipal Election April 1969: Al C. Ballard (12,178 votes) beats Robert Henley (11,594 votes) (Los Angeles Times, April 9, 1969).

    Primary Municipal Election February 1971: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb defeats eight other candidates (Source: Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1971).

    Charter Amendment November 7, 1972 amends Charter section 14 to make Mayor’s term four years

    Primary Municipal Election February 6, 1973: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb defeats Al C. Ballard (Source: Los Angeles Times, February 8, 1973 (No General Election).

    Primary Municipal Election 1977: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb (Source: Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1977).

    Municipal Election 1981: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb elected.

    Primary Municipal Election March 5, 1985: W.R. Bob Holcomb(7,577 votes), Evlyn Wilcox (7,137), Ralph Hernandez (3,073), Eugene Dougherty (264 votes), Edison P. McDaniels (308 votes) . (Minutes of the MCC  March 18, 1985).

    General Municipal Election May 7, 1985: Evlyn Wilcox (12,655 votes) defeats W.R. “Bob” Holcomb (10,978 votes) (Source: Los Angeles Times May 1985, Agenda Backup 5/13/1985).

    Primary Municipal Election March 7, 1989: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb (6,681 votes), Evlyn Wilcox (5,103 votes), Tom Minor (4,037 votes), John Lightburn (3,351 votes). (MCC Minutes March 13, 1989).

    General Municipal Election May 2, 1989: W.R. “Bob” Holcomb (9,136 votes) defeats Evlyn Wilcox (8,993 votes), Al Ballard (Write-In) (2,056) (Agenda Backup 5/15/1989).

    General Municipal Election May 4, 1993: Tom Minor (8,046 votes), Esther R. Estrada (6,949 votes), Al C. Ballard (3,040 votes), H. Ken Friedman (3 votes). (Request for Council Action, City of San Bernardino, May 1993).

    June 2, 1992 Charter section 10 amended to make primary elections in November, general (run-offs) on First Tuesday in February.

    Primary Municipal Election November 4, 1997: Judith Valles gets the most votes (4,505), Timothy Prince gets the second most votes(3,618 votes), David Oberhelmen, next (3,406), Ann Botts, next (2,464 votes), Paul W. Sanborn next (529 votes), John S. Ballard last with 335 votes) leading to a February general election. (Source: SB Registrar of Voters).

    General Municipal Election February 3, 1998: Judith Valles (8,379 votes) defeats Timothy Prince (5,159 votes) in the general election. (MCC Resolution 98-31).

    Primary Municipal Election November 6, 2001: Judith Valles runs unopposed (7,385 votes). (Source: SB Registrar of Voters).

    Primary Municipal Election 2005: Patrick J. Morris gets the most votes (11,249), James F. Penman gets the second most votes (6,648 votes), Chas A. Kelley (4,079 votes), Rick Avila (3,425 votes), Michael Ellison-Lewis (466 votes), 42 write-in votes leading to a February general election. (SB Registrar of Voters).

    General Municipal Election February 16, 2005: Patrick J. Morris (10,093 votes) defeats James F. Penman (5,089 votes) in the general election. (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Primary Municipal Election November 3, 2009: Patrick J. Morris (8,349 votes) defeats James F. Penman (5,376 votes) and Rick Avila (1,205 votes). (SB Registrar of Voters).

    Primary Municipal Election 2013: To Be Determined.

     

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