Summary of Elections

The City of Poway was incorporated on December 1, 1980. Any election materials prior to that date are on file at the County Registrar of Voters. Bob Emery, Linda Oravec, Clyde Rexrode, Mary Shepardson and Bruce Tarzy were elected as the first City Council with Bob Emery and Bruce Tarzy receiving the most votes. The City Council held the first election to fill 3 Council seats on April 13, 1982.

On February 8, 1983, an Ordinance was adopted which consolidated future General Municipal Elections with the November Statewide General Elections to reduce cost and increase voter turnout. This extended those officeholders' term 7 months.

April 13, 1982 - 3 City Council Seats
Frank Palfy 715
Ellen Hamberg 1,470
David Daniels 934
Linda Oravec * 3,407
Mark Tutt 588
W. A. "Bill" Cole 2,048
Clyde Rexrode ** 2,235
Norman Rauch 584
L.A. "Bud" Weiderrich 1,388
Robert Willcox 231
Mary Shepardson* 3,305


Registered Voters 15,755
Total Ballots Cast 5,806
Cost $13,441.91
Voter Turnout 37%
*Re-elected
**Died April 12, 1982, but was re-elected. Carl Kruse appointed May 4, 1982 to fill vacancy. Took out papers but did not file: Fred Johnson, Forrest Paulson
Disqualified for insufficient signatures on nomination form: Bruce Hamilton

November 6, 1984 - 2 City Council Seats
Roger Willoughby 5,165
Mark O'Dell 3,721
Bruce Tarzy * 7,609
Bob Emery * 8,574


Registered Voters 19,419
Total Ballots Cast 14,607
Cost $1,848
Voter Turnout 75%
*Re-elected
Took out papers but did not file: Fred Johnson, Forrest Paulson
Disqualified for insufficient signatures on nomination form: Bruce Hamilton

November 4, 1986 - 3 City Council Seats
Brian Quinn 1,581
Don Higginson * 4,801
Bruce Hamilton 1,131
Linda Brannon 6,231
Roger Willoughby 1,693
Walter Champagne 788
Joan Calton 748
Allen Kozakiewicz 1,008
Carl Kruse * 4,287
Linda Oravec 3,791
Frank Zemke 824
Mary Shepardson 3,452
Barry Stratton 1,153


Registered Voters 20,030
Total Ballots Cast 11,588
Cost $3,269
Voter Turnout 58%
*Re-elected
Took out papers but did not file: Mary Jude Hagan, Roberto Juarez
File papers, withdrew before the deadline: William Jensen

November 8, 1988 - 2 City Council Seats
Gordon Meyer 4,968
Larry Valente 6,687
Jan Goldsmith * 8,709
Bob Emery ** 7,984
Proposition FF Yes 10,960
Proposition FF No 5,969
Proposition GG Yes 4,334
Proposition GG No 12,159


Registered Voters 23,719
Total Ballots Cast 18,291
Cost $7,946
Voter Turnout 77%
*Elected
**Re-elected
Proposition FF - Requiring Voter Approval of Land Use Changes to Certain Property if such changes would increase the density or intensify the use permitted by the law in effect on the date of adoption of this Ordinance.
Proposition GG - Requiring preparation of a Quality of Life Plan

June 5, 1990 - 2 Measures
Proposition J Yes 3,555
Proposition J No 5,188
Proposition K Yes 6,056
Proposition K No 2,700


Registered Voters 22,611
Total Ballots Cast 9,363
Cost $4,777
Voter Turnout 41%
Proposition J - Shall the General Plan be amended to permit churches and other religious institutional uses to be constructed on natural slopes of greater than 10 percent in rural residential areas?
Proposition K - Shall the electors elect 4 City Councilmembers and a Mayor who shall have a term of office for 4 years?

November 6, 1990 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Bob Emery 5,519
Jan Goldsmith *** 8,854
Council

Vicki Lazowski 4,715
Don Higginson ** 6,713
Tony Snesko * 7,515
Barry Stratton 2,058
Alan Sugarman 5,802


Registered Voters 23,386
Total Ballots Cast 15,233
Cost $4,002
Voter Turnout 65%
*Elected
**Re-elected

***Elected Mayor; created vacancy on Council. Resigned as Mayor August 4, 1992 to enter State Assembly election. Don Higginson appointed to fill the vacancy until the November 3, 1992 Special Election. Kathy McIntyre appointed to fill Council vacancy.

November 3, 1992 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Don Higginson **** 13,619
William Hickey 5,306
Council

Bob Emery ** 11,665
Vicki Lazowski 5,304
Judy Mantle 5,332
Susan Callery * 8,745
Howard Collins 2,021
Proposition S Yes 14,174
Proposition S No 5,270


Registered Voters 26,775
Total Ballots Cast 21,162
Cost $9,367
Voter Turnout 72%
*Elected
**Re-elected
***A Special Election to fill last 2 years of Councilmember Goldsmith's term.
****Elected Mayor; created vacancy on the City Council. Michael "Mickey" Cafagna appointed to fill the vacancy.
Proposition S - Shall an ordinance by adopted which would require voter approval of land use changes which would permit an asphalt plant in the South Poway Planned Community?
Took out papers but did not file: Jim Cunningham (taken out by Connie Youngkin for him for City Council), Charles MacLauclan (Mayor)
Withdrew after the filing deadline: Vicki Lazowski


November 8, 1994 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Don Higginson ** 11,110
Tony Snesko 5,528
Council

Kyle Everson 6,301
Juil White 1,880
Mickey Cafagna * 8,017
Jim Crosby 4,431
Betty Rexford * 6,678


Registered Voters 26,522
Total Ballots Cast 17,594
Cost $6,393
Voter Turnout 66.3%
*Elected
**Re-elected
Took out papers but did not file: Richard Freund, Valerie Trout, and Roger Willoughby

November 5, 1996 - 2 City Council Seats
Council

Merrilee Boyack 5,899
Peggy Collette 2,920
Bob Emery ** 10,557
Jay Goldby * 8,233
John Gonnerman 464
Ed Malone 1,899
Katrina Pavin 1,994
Gary Vineyard 1,015
Proposition S Yes 3,495
Proposition S No 15,214


Registered Voters 27,160
Total Ballots Cast 19,860
Cost $7,497
Voter Turnout 73%
*Elected
**Re-elected
Took out papers but did not file: Roger Willoughby
Filed papers but did not have 20 qualified signatures: Roger Mannex
Proposition S - would impose stricter regulations on the keeping of horses and other large animals within the City boundaries. Proposition Failed.


June 3, 1997 - 1 Measure
Proposition A Yes 4,010
Proposition A No 752


Registered Voters 26,449
Total Ballots Cast 4,853
Cost $40,486
Voter Turnout 18%
*Proposition A - Shall an Ordinance replacing the fire protection fee in effect in Poway since 1982 with a fire protection special tax by adopted which will not increase the amount of the assessment and will be used only for fire protection purposes?

Proposition A was adopted by the required 2/3 voter approval.


June 2, 1998 - 1 Measure
Proposition J Yes 6,794
Proposition J No 3,188


Registered Voters 25,166
Total Ballots Cast 11,089
Cost 4,708
Voter Turnout 44%
Proposition J - Shall an ordinance for funding police, fire, medical and other emergency services be approved which establishes as a special tax the previously authorized charge to continue paying Poway's costs of participating in the Regional Communications System?
Proposition J was adopted by the required 2/3 voter approval.


November 3, 1998 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Joe Diaz, Jr. 5,386
Mickey Cafagna * 9,452
Council

Gary R. Vineyard, Sr. 3,372
Louis J. Tooch 1,353
Don Higginson * 10,260
Willie Holland 1,235
Betty Rexford ** 9,968


Registered Voters 25,748
Total Ballots Cast 16,345
Cost $4,559
Voter Turnout 64%
*Elected
**Re-elected
Took out papers but did not file: Ed Malone, Eric Wiseman


November 7, 2000 - 2 City Council Seats
Council

Jay Goldby ** 11,771
Bob Emery ** 11,467
Roger Willoughby 6,778


Registered Voters 27,234
Total Ballots Cast 17,698
Cost $5,801
Voter Turnout 79%
*Elected
**Re-elected


November 5, 2002 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Mickey Cafagna ** 10,035
Louis Tooch 4,462
Council

Don Higginson ** 8,791
Betty Rexford **
8,975
R.W. "Nick" Stavros 6,071
Proposition N Yes 7,881
Proposition N No 6,614


Registered Voters 27,244
Total Ballots Cast 15,808
Cost $12,737
Voter Turnout 58%
*Elected
**Re-elected
Proposition N - Shall an ordinance of the City of Poway be adopted which would increase the Transient Occupancy Tax from the current 6 percent to 10 percent of a hotel or motel guest's room rate?


March 2, 2004 - 1 Measure
Proposition E Yes 2,601
Proposition E No 12,211


Registered Voters 26,637
Total Ballots Cast 14,812
Cost $17,209
Voter Turnout 50.26%

Proposition E - Shall an ordinance be adopted which would change the General Plan and Zoning Designation of Approximately Twenty Acres at the Northwest Corner of Highway 67 and Poway Road from Rural Residential to Automotive/General Commercial?
Proposition E failed.

November 2, 2004 - 2 City Council Seats
Council

Bob Emery ** 7,798
Merrilee Boyack * 7,788
Jeff Lake 6,382
R.W. "Nick" Stavros 5,351
Scott Harman 4,138
Connie Messina 3,037
David C. Harrison 1,629
Michael J. Doleshal 851


Registered Voters 29,050
Total Ballots Cast 24,057
Total Votes Cast 36,998
Cost $10,237
Voter Turnout 82.81%
*Elected
**Re-elected

November 7, 2006 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Mickey Cafagna * 12,994
Ed Carboneau 2,893
Council

Don Higginson ** 10,030
Betty Rexford ** 9,426
Connie Messina 3,751
Joe St. Lucas 2,717
David Knopp 2,281


Registered Voters 27,532
Total Ballots Cast 17,432
Total Votes Cast 15,995
Cost $18,458
Voter Turnout 63.32%
*Elected
**Re-elected


November 4, 2008 - 2 City Council Seats
Council

Merrilee Boyack ** 11,967
Jim Cunningham ** 11,161
Chuck Cross 6,370
Howard Collins 4,583


Registered Voters 28,551
Total Ballots Cast 13,077
Total Votes Cast 24,956
Cost $15,284
Voter Turnout 87.41%
*Elected
**Re-elected


June 8, 2010 - Special Municipal Recall Election
Shall Betty Rexford be removed from the City Council?


Yes 9,408
No 2,656
For member of the City Council to succeed Councilmember Betty Rexford if she is removed? (Term ending November 2010)

John Mullin * 3,152
Steve Vaus 3,049
Pete Babich 2,026
Dave Grosch 1,214
Chuck Cross 709
David Radcliff 618
Roger Willoughby 377
Howard Collins 238


Registered Voters 27,421
Total Ballots Cast - Recall Yes or No 12,064
Total Ballots Cast - Replacement 11,423
Cost $21,026
Voter Turnout 29%
*Elected


November 2, 2010 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor

Don Higginson ** 9,657
R.W. "Nick" Stavros 8,138
Council

John Mullin * 9,440
Dave Grosch * 7,313
Pete Babich 6,981
Carl Kruse 5,929


Registered Voters 27,875
Total Ballots Cast 19,937
Total Votes Cast 17,833
Cost $17,219
Voter Turnout 71.52%
*Elected
**Re-elected

November 6, 2012 - 2 City Council Seats
Council


Steve Vaus * 11,707
Jim Cunningham ** 11,571
Jeff Mangum 7,705
Gary Vineyard 4,188


Registered Voters 29,243
Total Ballots Cast 24,144
Total Votes Cast 35,204
Cost 16,493.00
Voter Turnout 82.56%
*Elected
**Re-elected


November 4, 2014 - Mayor & 2 City Council Seats
Mayor  
Don Higginson 6,855 
Steve Vaus * 8,481 
Council


Dave Grosch ** 10,657 
John Mullin ** 8,979 
Christopher Olps 3,883


Registered Voters 28,759 
Total Ballots Cast 16,191 
Total Votes Cast 47,399 
Cost not available at this time
Voter Turnout 56%
*Elected
**Re-elected


November 8, 2016 - 2 City Council Seats
Christopher Olps
 2,337
Amy Romaker  2,905
Jonathan "Jon" Ryan  2,680
Torrey Powers  1,696
Jim Cunningham**  9,542
Joe Calabrese  3,133
Barry Leonard*  6,291
Sean Finley  2,603
John McConnin 1,397
Julie Bendinelli  3,820
Measure W Yes  11,319
Measure W No  11,999
    
 Registered Voters  29,173
 Total Votes Cast  25,180
 Voter Turnout  86.3%
*Elected
**Re-Elected

Measure W – “Do you approve Specific Plan Amendment 16-002 as adopted by the Poway City Council to amend the Old Coach Golf Estates Specific Plan, to allow development of a hotel with up to 240 rooms on the existing Maderas Golf Course site located at 17750 Old Coach Road?”


November 7, 2017 - 1 Measure
Measure A Yes 7,603 
Measure A No 4,486


Registered Voters 29,318 
Total Ballots Cast 12,104 
Cost $414,746 
Voter Turnout 41.29% 

Measure A – Shall the ordinance changing the General Plan and Zoning Land Use Map to redesignate a portion of the Stoneridge Country Club from Open Space-Recreation to Residential Condominium with the Stoneridge Overlay Zone to allow for the development of not more than 180 residential condominium units for residents over the age of 55 be adopted?