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Kristin Gaspar Wins District 3 Seat On San Diego County Board Of Supervisors

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

Photo by Nancee Lewis

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

Kristin Gaspar Wins District 3 Seat On San Diego County Board Of Supervisors


Kristin Gaspar, supervisor-elect, San Diego County third district


Republican Kristin Gaspar has unseated incumbent county Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat. It is the first time in more than two decades that an incumbent supervisor has lost his or her seat.


The race for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was finally over Monday. Republican Kristin Gaspar has unseated incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat.

Gaspar’s campaign manager, Jason Roe, said Roberts called Gaspar to concede at around 10 a.m. Monday.

Roberts finished election night more than 2,000 votes ahead.

But as the vote count of mail-in and provisional ballots continued, Gaspar gradually gained ground and overtook Roberts. As of Monday, with more than 226,000 votes counted, Gaspar has 50.27 percent of the vote and is 1,242 votes ahead.

“I ran on a platform of fiscal accountability, support for public safety, and addressing our inadequate mental health programs and exploding homeless crisis,” Gaspar said in a statement. “There will be a lot of change at the county in the next four years and I’m looking forward to getting to work on those issues and make a difference for our taxpayers.”

It is the first time in more than three decades that an incumbent San Diego County supervisor has lost his or her seat. With Gaspar’s win, the board returns to being all Republican.

In a statement, Roberts thanked his supporters:

“It appears that Kristin Gaspar has won the election by half a percent (.54%) with the majority of ballots now tabulated in our district. I called Kristin to congratulate her and offer my sincere help in transitioning the office to her between now and early January when she takes office. I am so proud and grateful to have been given the honor of serving as your County Supervisor. I am looking forward to continuing to work to fulfill our vision for a prosperous San Diego County that protects our quality of life today and for future generations.”

Roberts, the only Democrat on the board, was elected in 2012 when Pam Slater-Price stepped down. Several members of Robert’s office staff resigned during his first term, and accused him of misuse of public funds. The District Attorney did not press charges, and the county paid $310,000 to settle the case.

A campaign of mailers and TV ads leading up to the election accused Roberts of betraying the public trust.

Funded by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Club and the construction industry, the negative campaign leading up to the election is credited with giving Gaspar the later votes she needed to win the race in the post election count.

Roberts is spending this week in Palm Springs at the California Association of Counties where he is first vice chair. He had expected to be sworn in as chair this week, but will now step down.

Gaspar, a relative political newcomer, was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2010 and became the city’s first elected mayor in 2014. She gave up her chance for a second term as mayor to run for the county board, and in June defeated the more well established Republican, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, to win the right to face off with Roberts in November.

She will be sworn in as supervisor in January.

Photo caption:

Photo credit: Jorge Contreras

This graph shows how long San Diego County supervisors have held office.

Under term limits approved by voters in 2010, all the existing members of the board will be termed out by 2020, except Gaspar. Supervisors can now serve a maximum of two four-year terms. Changing demographics mean voter registration in Districts 1 and 4 are majority Democratic, so the board’s Republican make-up is expected to change.

District 3 covers the coast from Del Mar to Encinitas; stretches east along state Route 52, including Carmel Valley; and includes Interstate 15 from Tierrasanta to Escondido.

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