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Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

Encinitas mayoral candidates Paul Gaspar and Catherine Blakespear.

Credit: Paul Gaspar/Catherine Blakespear

Above: Encinitas mayoral candidates Paul Gaspar and Catherine Blakespear.

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor


Catherine Blakespear, council member, city of Encinitas

Paul Gaspar
, founder/president, Gaspar Physical Therapy


The two candidates vying for Mayor of the City of Encinitas this November represent different visions for the coastal city of about 60,000 residents.

Rivals, Encinitas councilwoman Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat, and Republican Paul Gaspar, who owns a physical therapy business, come down on opposite sides of the fence on things like new housing development in the wealthy coastal city. Blakespear has supported citizens who object to rapid development in the city while Gaspar is more pro-development.

Gaspar is married to the city's current mayor Kristen Gaspar who cannot run for a second term because she is challenging incumbent Dave Roberts to represent District 3 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

One reason the mayor's race is getting attention is because the issues facing Encinitas are shared by most other cities in San Diego County, especially along the coast.

Blakespear and Gaspar join Midday Edition Thursday to discuss new housing development, transit and their positions on other issues.

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