Originally published October 29, 2012 at 11:40 a.m., updated October 29, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.
Kent Davy, former editor, North County Times
David Garrick, North county reporter, U-T San Diego
While much of the media attention in San Diego County this election has been focused on San Diego, there are some close races in North County, particularly in Oceanside, Escondido and Del Mar.
Oceanside will select a new mayor from among three candidates for the $32,000-a-year position: Jim Wood, the current mayor and former police department senior investigator; Jerry Kern, current council member; and Terry Johnson, former mayor of Oceanside.
Issues in the race to lead the coastal city are budget deficits, outsourcing, the Gregory Canyon landfill and mobile home parks.
Escondido voters not only have to weigh eight candidates for City Council, but must decide whether to make their city a charter city.
Becoming a charter city means Escondido can take more local control over zoning and redistricting, which means the council will set its own boundaries. The charter city measure also includes a provision for district-only elections, and the council, currently elected at-large, will draw the boundaries.
Del Mar residents are deciding whether to re-draw downtown. Proposition J would take the main thoroughfare through town from four lanes to two, add roundabouts and parking, widen sidewalks and increase building heights on the west side.