The latest campaign finance disclosures from candidates running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors suggest an increasingly competitive race for Dave Roberts as he seeks re-election in District 3.
Roberts, who was dogged last year by allegations he misused his office and mistreated employees, is the lone Democrat on the five-member board. He’s being challenged by two Republicans, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar.
Abed https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2702820-Sam-Abed-2.html in the second half of 2015, including nearly $80,000 transferred from his mayoral campaign fund. He also loaned his campaign $75,000.
Gaspar https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2702818-Kristin-Gaspar.html in the same time period, while Roberts https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2702811-Dave-Roberts-2.html.
Of the three candidates, Roberts raised the most money in the full calendar year of 2015, with $275,470 (including a $75,000 loan from himself). Abed raised $252,037, including the mayoral campaign funds and $85,000 in loans from himself. Gaspar announced her candidacy in August, and all her fundraising took place in the last four months of the year.
District 3 includes parts of San Diego and coastal North County.
In September, the county agreed to http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/sep/15/san-diego-county-will-pay-300k-settle-allegations-/ to settle the claims. Roberts’ fellow supervisors said they did not believe all the claims against him, but said they were not sure a jury would see things the same way.
While Abed came first in fundraising for the last half of the year, Roberts and Gaspar both outspent him by a factor of more than seven to one. Roberts spent just under $39,500, while Gaspar spent just over $39,000. Abed spent $5,253.
Roberts’ election in 2012 was seen as bucking the trend of Republicans maintaining a tight grip on the county government. He replaced Pam Slater-Price, a Republican. Abed is seen as the more conservative Republican challenger, while Gaspar is seen as more moderate.
Republican Supervisor Dianne Jacob raised $385,151 in all of 2015, while her challenger, Republican state Sen. Joel Anderson, raised $273,660. Jacob’s District 2 covers East County.
Republican Supervisor Greg Cox, whose District 1 covers South County, is currently running unopposed. He raised $252,814.
(Re-printed by permission from KPBS, the public media outlet for San Diego and Imperial counties. For more, visit http://www.kpbs.org. As the KPBS metro reporter, Andrew Bowen covers a broad range of issues across San Diego County for radio, TV, and the web. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.)