Roundtable: Candidates Raise Issues, Money In County Supes Races
Steve Walsh, KPBS News
Charles Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune
Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego
The Supervisor seat in District 1 in the South Bay includes Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado, San Ysidro and Barrio Logan. The seat has been held for 20 years by Chula Vistan Greg Cox, now termed-out. The top candidates in terms of fundraising are real estate attorney Rafael Castellanos, Southwestern Community College Board president Nora Vargas and State Senator Ben Hueso (who is not yet termed out of that office). The big issues in D-1 are sewage flowing onto district beaches from Tijuana, air pollution and enrolling more people in programs for health care and public assistance.
Climate Change, Housing Dominate Issues in District 3
The third district covers the North Coast to Leucadia and runs east to Escondido, San Pasqual and Rancho Bernardo. The Board's current 4-1 Republican advantage is in danger in this district, as Democrats hold a registration advantage of about 25,000. The incumbent is Republican Kristin Gaspar, who declined to be interviewed by KPBS and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She faces Democrats Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer. Diaz, the first Latina elected to the Escondido City Council, lists her priorities as solving chronic homelessness, climate change and increasing housing. Lawson-Remer, an economist, professor and research fellow at UC San Diego, favors a more aggressive approach to climate change than the current County plan.
Whoever wins, District 2 will change
Supervisor Dianne Jacob has held the District 2 seat for 28 years. She is termed out, and change is inevitable. District 2 is 2,000 square miles from the southern border north to Julian, from the Imperial County border west to San Diego State. In the 2016 election, the San Diego GOP endorsed State Senator Joel Anderson over the incumbent Jacob. Anderson is running again and is endorsed again by the GOP. Jacob has endorsed Steve Vaus, currently serving his second term as mayor of Poway. Vaus is chairman of The San Diego Association of Governments, and he lists his issues as fire and police protection and deregulation of housing construction. Anderson declined to talk to KPBS. For Democrat Kenya Taylor, a marriage and family therapist, the main issues are the mental health crisis and supporting small businesses.