Encinitas mayor to run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors

ENCINITAS (KUSI) – Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar announced Monday that she will run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat held by Dave Roberts.

Gaspar is the chief financing officer of a physical therapy firm she runs with her husband. 

She is the second candidate to run for the position after Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. 

"I’ve been deeply involved in our community, and as an elected official over the last five years … recognize the importance the Board of Supervisors plays in our region,” Gaspar said. "I made the decision to seek the Third District seat because I want to play a more active role in the important investments we need to make in our roads, infrastructure and core county services. My experience in a private-sector company and as an elected official has prepared me to work successfully with the group of supervisors representing diverse districts.”

Gaspar was elected to the City Council in 2010 and last year became the North County city’s first elected mayor. She has also been president of the San Diego Water District Board of Directors and the Encinitas Rotary, chaired the Encinitas Wastewater Authority Board, and is the founder of the North County Leadership Council.

Roberts, the first Democrat elected to the Board of Supervisors in around 20 years, became embroiled in controversy this year after three of his office employees filed claims alleging that he abused his powers. The supervisor has denied the claims.

 The office of Supervisor Dave Roberts released the following statement regarding Mayor Gaspar: 

"Kristin Gaspar has broken her promise to the people of Encinitas to serve as their first directly elected mayor – only having been elected less than 9 months ago. This kind of political opportunism from yet another career politician is just what voters are tired of. Supervisor Dave Roberts has a record working collaboratively and with innovation to create new jobs, enhance and protect our environment, and improve public safety. Roberts has increased funding for vital health and human services, broadened our tax base with support for the arts and tourism, and made sure our local government is fiscally responsible and responsive to our communities’ needs. Supervisor Roberts has delivered for the people of Encinitas having worked for over two years to successfully secure over $2.1 million for major enhancements to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas."

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