Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Kristin Gaspar Inaugurated As County’s Newest Supervisor

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar attends a council meeting, May 27, 2015.

Credit: Megan Wood / inewsource

Above: Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar attends a council meeting, May 27, 2015.

Kristin Gaspar became San Diego County's newest supervisor Monday, replacing Dave Roberts in a district that represents part of North County.

The former Encinitas mayor unseated Roberts in a tight race that saw the incumbent cling to a slim lead on election night. The margin dwindled in subsequent counting, however, and once Gaspar took the lead she held it for good — winning by nearly 1,300 votes out of about 229,000 cast.

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

Roberts had been the only Democrat on the five-member Board of Supervisors, which oversees county government.

He was ousted after one term by Gaspar, a Republican who was succeeded as Encinitas mayor by Catherine Blakespear.

The new supervisor said addressing homelessness would be a top priority.

"To combat the rise of homelessness throughout the region, we have to build on a network of individuals committed to resolving this issue through collaboration, through advocacy and through the careful allocation and realignment of the resources," Gaspar said. "We have to define this goal before we ever enter the water. And we have to keep pushing, we have to keep swimming because we have to meet that goal."

She said she has discussed a partnership with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on solving the problem of homelessness. She conceded that it would be "a major challenge" to resolve the issue.

Longtime Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacobs were also sworn in at a ceremony at the County Administration Center. Both have been in office for two decades, but are embarking on their final four years in office because they're now subject to a relatively new term limits law.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.