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  O'Connor, Maureen
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NameMaureen O'Connor
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San Diego, California , United States
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Born July 14, 1946 (74 years)
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Apr 01, 2013 01:13pm
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InfoAt 25, Maureen O?Connor was the youngest person ever elected to San Diego?s City Council. A San Diego native, a twin who grew up in a large and relatively poor family, she was a schoolteacher on a political mission. A Democrat in a heavily Republican district and a tireless campaigner, she walked her district in Levi?s and ponytail and beat the ?establishment? candidate Lou Ridgeway. Stepping down in 1979 under a self-imposed two-term limit, she then served on the Port Commission, the Trolley Board and the Crime Commission.

Defeated by Roger Hedgecock in her first bid for mayor (1983), she ran again in ?86 (after Hedgecock resigned under a cloud) and won. During her two terms, Mayor Mo took pride in being ?the people?s mayor??meeting constituents in supermarket parking lots and going undercover among the homeless in Balboa Park. But as the wife of a millionaire?she married financier Bob Peterson in 1977?she also hobnobbed with the city?s elite and vacationed in European capitals.

The deaths of her parents in 1992 and her husband in 1994 kept her profile low for several years, but O?Connor has resurfaced in recent months?taking strong stands on the stadium and convention-center issues and, along with fellow Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer, lobbying for the NEA. Is all this prelude to another bid for office? ?You?ll just have to wait and see,? she teases. ?Stay tuned.?




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Husband Robert Oscar Peterson 00, 1977-Apr 19, 1994
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  06/07/1988 San Diego Mayor Won 59.50% (+25.93%)
  06/03/1986 San Diego Mayor - Special Election Won 55.28% (+10.58%)
  02/25/1986 San Diego Mayor - Special Primary Won 45.95% (+15.85%)
  05/03/1983 San Diego Mayor Lost 47.73% (-4.54%)
  03/15/1983 San Diego Mayor - Open Primary Won 36.14% (+5.60%)
  11/04/1975 San Diego City Council - District 2 Won 51.43% (+2.85%)
  11/02/1971 San Diego City Council - District 2 Won 52.45% (+4.90%)
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