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Mike Schaefer


Picture of Mike Schaefer
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1968 Republican CD-37 52547 Loss
11-06-2018 Democratic SBOE4 1559373 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic SBOE4 1241062 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Michael Schaefer
Born: March 25, 1938 in California

1960s: Staff, US Senator Thomas Kuchel
1965-1971: Member, San Diego City Council
1971: Candidate for San Diego Mayor (Lost; 0.98%)
1974: Primary Candidate for Nevada Secretary of State (Lost; 36.3%)
1980: Primary Candidate for SD-39 (Lost; 21%)
1982: Primary Candidate for CD-43 (Lost; 2%) 
1984: Candidate for San Diego City Attorney (Lost; 32.5%)
1986: Primary Candidate for US Senate (Lost)
1994: Candidate for San Diego County District Attorney (Lost)
1990s: Candidate for Las Vegas [Nevada] City Council (Lost)
1999: Candidate for San Francisco County District Attorney (Lost)
2001: Special Election Primary Candidate for SD-32 (Lost)
2002: Primary Candidate for Secretary of State (Lost; 20.7%)
2004: Nevada State Senate (Lost)
2012: Primary Candidate for Nevada State Assembly, District 16 (Lost)
2015: Candidate for Mayor of Palm Springs (Lost)
2014: Candidate for Nevada State Controller (Disqualified; residency)
2015: Primary Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Lost; 1.1%)
2016: Primary Candidate for Congress [Nevada's CD-04] (Lost; 2.5%)
2017: Primary Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Lost; 1.21%)

  • CLOSE CONTEST: Schaefer narrowly won a spot in the 2018 General election when he defeated John F. Kelly by 5,750 votes (0.3%).
  • CLOSE CONTEST: On election night for the 2018 General, State Senator Joel Anderson led Schaefer in the Board of Equalization race by 52,806 votes. By the following Saturday, Anderson's lead had dropped to 13169 votes and on Sunday it fell to 7491. On November 13th, one day after the election, Schaefer pulled ahead by 3508 votes.