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East County Supervisor Candidates Discuss Coronavirus, Housing, Mental Illness

San Diego supervisorial candidates Joel Anderson (left) and Steve Vaus (right) in these undated campaign photos.
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San Diego supervisorial candidates Joel Anderson (left) and Steve Vaus (right) in these undated campaign photos.
Two Republicans are vying to replace Dianne Jacob and represent East County on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Joel Anderson and Steve Vaus discussed the issues on KPBS Midday Edition.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is changing more radically this year than it has in decades, as new term limits kick in this year. Republican Dianne Jacob has occupied the second district seat, which represents East County, for nearly 30 years. Two Republicans are vying for the open seat.

Joel Anderson, a former California Assemblyman and former State Senator is competing with Steve Vaus, the mayor of Poway and the chair of the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG.

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The candidates joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss their stance on the coronavirus reopening plan, housing and development, climate change and addressing mental illness.