Mark Kersey

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Mark Kersey
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Member of the
San Diego City Council
for the Fifth District
Assumed office
December 2012
Mayor Bob Filner
Preceded by Carl DeMaio
Personal details
Born c. 1976
Political party Republican
Alma mater Northwestern University
University of California, Los Angeles
Website City Council District 5 website

Mark Kersey (born c. 1976) is a member of the San Diego City Council representing District 5 in San Diego, California. He was elected in June 2012 and re-elected in June 2016. In December 2016, Kersey was appointed Council President Pro Tem, the number two position on the Council. In December 2017, Kersey was replaced as Council President Pro Tem by Democrat Barbara Bry. He is a Republican, although city council positions are officially nonpartisan by state law.

District 5 includes the neighborhoods of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, and Torrey Highlands.[1]

Personal life

He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and moved to the San Diego area in 2001.[2] Kersey attended Northwestern University and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a telecommunications analyst with and formerly maintained his own consulting firm.[3] He lives in Black Mountain Ranch.[4]

Past candidacy

Kersey unsuccessfully ran for the Solana Beach City Council in 2004.[5] Kersey's candidacy was supported by the Beach and Bluff Conservancy, a local homeowners group that supported building seawalls to protect their property. Their political action committee spent $18,800 in his behalf during his unsuccessful effort to win a seat on the Solana Beach City Council.[6] During the race for Solana Beach City Council, Kersey had to retract claims that several people had endorsed him after those individuals stated that they, in fact, had not given him their endorsement. This factored into the decision of the Solana Beach Firefighters Association to pull its endorsement of Kersey, as well.[7]

In 2008 he was the president of San Diego Young Republicans[8] and was elected to the San Diego County Republican Central Committee.[9]

San Diego City Council

In 2011 Kersey announced he would run for San Diego City Council in the 2012 election. He was part of a coordinated three-person slate supported by the local Republican Party in an attempt to gain a Republican majority on the nine-member board.[10] He ran unopposed for the District 5 seat being vacated by retiring councilmember Carl DeMaio.[11] He was elected in the June primary by receiving more than 50% of the vote.[12] He took office December 3, 2012. He chairs the Infrastructure Committee, is vice chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and is a member of the Budget and Finance Committee and Charter Reform Committee.[13] Kersey is also the City's representative to the California League of Cities.[14] Kersey has been called San Diego’s “open data and infrastructure guy.”[15]

Kersey was elected to a second term in June 2016.[16] In December 2016, Kersey was appointed Council President Pro Tem.[17]


As chair of the Infrastructure Committee,[18] Kersey spearheaded a plan to address the City of San Diego’s approximately $2 billion backlog of infrastructure projects.[19] The plan called for assessments of city infrastructure, streamlining of processes, gathering of neighborhood input and the creation of a long-term infrastructure investment plan.[20]

With Kersey’s leadership, the city completed its first-ever comprehensive sidewalk assessment[21] as well as its first multi-year capital plan, which identified $1.7 billion in unfunded infrastructure projects over the next five years.[22]

Kersey also sponsored an ordinance to create a neighborhood input policy which was approved in July 2013. The policy formalized community input as part of the infrastructure prioritization process.

Open Data

Kersey has pushed an open data initiative to “increase accountability and spur innovation” by putting the City’s data online for the public. Kersey co-authored a draft open data policy and voted to create an ad-hoc committee to review and develop a formal policy to be adopted by the City of San Diego. The final policy was approved by the Council on December 16, 2014.[23]

Kersey also proposed creating a centralized communications point for San Diego City services, known as a 3-1-1 system. Kersey said 3-1-1 would be a number people could call if they have potholes on their street, broken traffic lights or spot water leaks in the city.[24]

Other actions

In September 2013, he sponsored an ordinance to streamline the permit process, meant to help reduce costs and the time associated with completing city construction projects.[20]

Committee Assignments

  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Infrastructure Committee (Chair)
  • Rules Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Budget Review Committee

Source: Office of the City Clerk

State Senate candidacy

In December 2017, Kersey formally announced his candidacy for the California State Senate to succeed fellow Republican Joel Anderson, who is barred by term limits from seeking another term.[25]

Electoral History

San Diego City Council District 5 election, 2016[26]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kersey 23,858 71%
Democratic Frank Tsimboukakis 6,784 20%
Democratic Keith Mikas 3,157 9%
Total votes 33,799 100%
San Diego City Council District 5 election, 2012[26]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kersey 24,869 100.00
Total votes 24,869 100


  1. ^ "Communities - City of San Diego Official Website". 
  2. ^ Davis, Rob (April 24, 2012). "The Inevitable Councilman: A Reader's Guide to Mark Kersey". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Kersey Research Strategies. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bernardo Fire Spreads to 800 Acres". Rancho Bernardo-4s Ranch Patch. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Heebner, Kellejian, Roberts apparent SB winners". North County Times. 2004-11-04. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ Frumin, Ben (2004-11-07). "Solana Beach residents turned off by negative campaigning". North County Times. Retrieved 2012-03-20. [dead link]
  7. ^ Fuchs, Ben (2004-10-07). "Candidate is in hot water over his list of supporters". San Diego Union-Tribune. pp. NC–2 NI–3. Retrieved 2012-03-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ Maass, Dave (March 30, 2011). "Mark Kersey also weighing District 5 bid". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Results from 2008 San Diego Republican Central Committee, Assembly District 74 election from the League of Women Voters
  10. ^ Gustafson, Craig (November 19, 2011). "Related: News» Republicans seek majority on San Diego council". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "A San Diego City Council Winner Before Votes Are Cast". KPBS Midday Edition. May 30, 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "County of San Diego, Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, June 5, 2012" (PDF). San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "City Council Committee Meetings". City of San Diego. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "League of California Cities". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Councilman Kersey is San Diego's open data, infrastructure guy". KPBS. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Handy, Shannon (December 12, 2016). "New and re-elected San Diego city leaders take office". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ Garrick, David (December 20, 2016). "Republicans match Democrats in San Diego council committee posts". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Gloria creates panel to tackle infrastructure". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "What you need to know about the City's big streets plan". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Paradise in Progress: San Diego's Need for an Infrastructure Plan". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "City needs to spend $46M to repair sidewalks, study finds". Fox 5. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Fixing City of San Diego Infrastructure to Cost $3.9 billion". Pomerado News. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "San Diego City Council Approves Open Data Policy". KPBS. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Councilmember Proposes System to Make it Easier to Reach City". Fox 5. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 5" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

External links

  • Kersey Research Strategies
  • Archived version of District 5 Campaign Website
  • Archived version of Mark Kersey's Solana Beach campaign website
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