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Supervisor Dave Roberts Says Encinitas Mayor ‘Doesn’t Have The Skills’

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, right, is shown at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, June 7, 2016.

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Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts is expected to face Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in a November runoff.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Expected To Face Encinitas Mayor In November

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Dave Roberts, supervisor district 3, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Kristin Gaspar, candidate district 3, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

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Update 6 p.m., June 8, 2016

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday that this week’s election results were a huge victory for his campaign.

Roberts received 39 percent of the votes in a three-way race that had Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar coming in second with 34 percent of the votes. Finishing last was Escondido Mayor Sam Abed with 27 percent of the votes. Democrat Roberts and Republican Gaspar will face each other in a November runoff.

Roberts weathered criticism during the campaign over accusations that he had misused the power of his office. His fellow supervisors last year paid three former Roberts’ staffers $310,000 to settle their claims against the county.

“I think outside special interests continue to (make those allegations an issue) because they have nothing else to talk about,” Roberts told Midday Edition. “And they know that my opponent now in the general doesn't have the skills, doesn't have the success story, can't work in a bipartisan fashion like I have for the last four years. And I think the voters can clearly see what this is all about. It's about the future control of the Board Supervisors.”

Roberts is the lone Democrat on the five-member board.

Gaspar told Midday Edition she’s looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I will continue to hold Dave Roberts accountable while in office because I believe strongly that we need to expect more from our elected officials, that we need people to operate with the highest levels of ethics and integrity while in office,” Gaspar said.

Update 8:30 a.m., June 8, 2016

Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts will face Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in a November runoff. With 100 percent of precincts reported — except for late mail and provisional ballots — Roberts has 39 percent and Gaspar has 34 percent. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed trailed with 27 percent.

Update 11:30 p.m., June 7, 2016

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, a Republican, appears to be the one who will face off against Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts in November.

She said the investigation into allegations that Roberts misused his staff is still an important issue, even though he was dismissive of the matter Tuesday night.

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Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar at the U.S. Grant, June 7, 2016.

"When all is said and done, nearly a half million dollars will have been wasted on the incumbent's behavior. That's unacceptable," Gaspar said. "That's a half million dollars that's not going to something else, and in District 3 there's certainly a lot of places we could put that money to good use that's just been wasted based on his performance in office."

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Election Results

Update: 10:44 p.m., June 7, 2016

Incumbent Dave Roberts said he was pleased with the early results.

“You know my opponents spent over half-a-million dollars trying to smear my record with this one incident," Roberts said, referring to the turmoil among workers in his office. "We made changes in my office and we moved forward; and I think the voters tonight are telling you that they want me to continue to move forward."

Dave Roberts' challengers, Kristin Gaspar and Sam Abed, have yet to comment on Tuesday's results.

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m. June 7, 2016

Incumbent Dave Roberts leads a pair of mayors challenging him for his District 3 seat on the County Board of Supervisors.

Initial returns after polls closed at 8 p.m. show Democrat Roberts with 39 percent of the vote, followed by Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar with 34 percent and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed with 27 percent. That's with about 10 percent of the precincts counted so far.

Should no candidate with a majority, the top two vote-getters will square off in November's general election.

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Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, from left, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed at a candidates' forum for the San Diego County Supervisors District 3 seat, May 17, 2016.

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In 2012, Roberts became the first Democrat elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 20 years.

Roberts replaced longtime Republican Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, who was not seeking re-election. He narrowly beat his Republican opponent, Steve Danon, by a little more than 3,000 votes, winning with 51.91 percent of the vote.

This year, two North County Republicans are challenging him: Gaspar and Abed.

If none of them wins more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, the top two vote-getters will face off in November.

All three candidates say public safety and maintaining the county’s AAA credit rating are priorities.

Roberts has also emphasized his focus on child welfare and foster children (he and his husband have adopted six foster children). Roberts has also collaborated with other supervisors on "The Alzheimer's Project" and a new regional crisis stabilization center in Escondido.

Meanwhile, Abed and Gaspar have highlighted their achievements creating business opportunities in their respective cities. Both have attacked Roberts for issues in his office last year, when four of his staff members resigned. Three accused him of creating a toxic work environment, misuse of public funds, and asking them to work on personal and campaign tasks while on county time. Roberts denied the accusations, but his fellow county supervisors paid the staffers $310,000 to settle, saying Roberts showed, at a minimum, "poor judgment."

Roberts served as a Solana Beach mayor and city councilman before being elected to the Board of Supervisors.

Abed has been endorsed by the San Diego County Republican Party, which has contributed $25,000 to his campaign. The region's three Republican congressional representatives have also endorsed him.

Gaspar has been endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Club, which have spent more than $200,000 on mailers supporting her and on TV ads attacking Roberts. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has also endorsed her.

Supervisor duties

The county supervisors oversee 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $5.4 billion, much of which comes from state and federal sources earmarked for regional services.

Approximately $2 billion goes to Health and Human Services, which covers the Cal Fresh program, aging and independent services, mental health and child welfare.

The county also operates the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office, which together use about 30 percent of the budget.

Supervisors also vote on land use in unincorporated areas, including the proposed Lilac Hills development project near Valley Center.

District 3

District 3 has more than 600,000 residents and stretches from Del Mar, Miramar and Tierrasanta in the south to Encinitas and Escondido in the north, covering the communities of Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernard along Interstate 15.

The district has about 300,000 registered voters: 110,000 Republicans, 105,000 Democrats and 86,000 voters registered as "decline to state."

It appears the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparked excitement among Democrats. In the two months leading up to the primary, new voter registrations in the district reduced the gap between Republican and Democratic voters from 10,000 to 5,000.

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 includes Encinitas, Escondido, Del Mar, Solana Beach and the San Diego communities of Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta and Sabre Springs.

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