Roberts, Horn Keep Seats
Incumbent County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Bill Horn will both return to their seats. Tuesday was the first time since the 1990s either was forced into a November vote.
Republican Ron Roberts will return to the Board of Supervisors for another term after getting about 58 percent of the votes in central San Diego’s District 4. Roberts beat democrat Stephen Whitburn to retain the seat.
Whitburn’s campaign focused on restoring services like fire response coordination by using money from the county’s 700 million dollar reserve fund. He was the first challenger since 1994 to keep Roberts from winning the seat with 50 percent of the June primary vote.
Roberts may not have had to flex his general election muscles recently, but he still has them.
“Y’know some people thought I was out of shape, but no," he said. We worked really hard, I’ve been on the go constantly. Nobody, nobody has attended more events, been in more communities and is connected with more people, I will guarantee that.”
At the northern end of the County, Supervisor Bill Horn held on to the District 5 seat over Vista City Councilman Steve Gronke. Horn got about 53 percent of the vote.
Gronke charged Horn with misusing county neighborhood reinvestment funds. Horn, however, said his management of county finances is one reason voters returned him to office.
“We’re one of the few governments left that can build libraries with cash and we want to maintain that," he said. "We have a record of 16 years of being very fiscally conservative and I think that plays very well with the voters.”
Horn last had to campaign past primary season in 1998.