Monday, February 6, 2012
Three of the five seats on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors are on the ballot this year. For the first time in more than a decade, there is an open seat.
Most of the five supervisors have served for 20 years. They’ve built up substantial war chests, so unseating them would be an uphill battle.
But now that Pam Slater Price is stepping down, the race is on to see who will be the new face on the board, to represent her north county district.
Steve Danon, who has never held public office but is currently chief of staff to Congressman Brian Bilbray, has $144,000 cash on hand to fight for the seat. Two city council members from north county have also thrown their hats in the ring: Dave Roberts,(D) of Solana Beach and Carl Hilliard(R) of Del Mar. Since they joined the race more recently, they won’t have to disclose how much they’ve raised until March.
The bigger money is with the incumbents. Supervisor Greg Cox has $345,000 cash on hand to defend his seat in the south bay. He’s served 16 years and is running for 4 more. His district boundaries were changed under redistricting, and as yet no one has come forward to challenge him.
In the east county, Rudy Reyes is challenging Dianne Jacob. Jacob is running for her sixth term and has $400,000 cash on hand to defend her seat.
A previous version of the story stated Steve Danon had raised $144,000, whereas that is the amount of cash he had on hand.