Dave Roberts concedes Board of Supervisors race to Kristin Gaspar

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The North County Board of Supervisors race concluded Monday morning as Dave Roberts called Kristin Gaspar to concede. Roberts had been trailing Gaspar as the final ballots in District 3 were being counted, with Registrar of Voters Michael Vu estimating 1,000 ballots remained. Gaspar held a 1242 vote lead prior to Roberts bowing out. 

All five San Diego County Supervisors are now Republican with Gaspar joining the council. Gaspar received 33.6 percent of the vote during the California primary, forcing a runoff against Roberts in the Nov. 8 general election.

Roberts released this letter to friends and supporters:

Dear Friend,

I just returned from Disneyland after spending the Thanksgiving holiday there with Wally and our amazing kids. 

I want to convey my gratitude for your friendship, dedication, support, patience and encouragement as we have closely watched the daily results as more than 226,000 ballots were counted in the campaign for San Diego County Supervisor.  

On Election Night we were close to 2,300 votes ahead.  As the vote by mail and provisional ballots were verified and tallied by Registrar of Voters Michael Vu and his staff over the last 20 days, Kristin Gaspar has gained enough votes to now lead by 1,242 votes.  

It appears that Kristin Gaspar has won the election by half a percent (.54%) with the majority of ballots now tabulated in our district.  I called Kristin to congratulate her and offer my sincere help in transitioning the office to her between now and early January when she takes office. 

It is difficult to lose any election but particularly one as hard fought and rigorous as this one was.  But we can all stand tall.  

It is because of your time, your donations and your hard work, that I came so close to serving another four years on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart ?? .

I am so proud and grateful to have been given the honor of serving as your County Supervisor.  I am looking forward to continuing to work to fulfill our vision for a prosperous San Diego County that protects our quality of life today and for future generations.

As we move forward, we must come together and heal as a community and as a nation.  

I am very aware of the difficulties we will face going forward.  I want to encourage you to show conviction, compassion and dedication to your ideals during the challenging times ahead.

Only together will we fight and secure a brighter future for all of our families. From my family to yours, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

With gratitude,   

Dave Roberts

The Encinitas mayor said Roberts congratulated her in a telephone call, making her the first candidate to defeat an incumbent on the board in 32 years.

"I’m incredibly proud of the campaign we ran and so grateful to the many people who helped me raise money, walk precincts, and put up signs and get our message out," Gaspar said.

She trailed Roberts on election night by 3 percent, but as absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Gaspar consistently closed the gap and after more than two weeks of counting, took a lead that grew to 1,242 votes after the most recent count.

"I called Kristin to congratulate her and offer my sincere help in transitioning the office to her between now and early January when she takes office," Roberts said.

Gaspar is the chief financial officer and business manager for Doctors of Physical Therapy, which has six North County offices.

"I ran on a platform of fiscal accountability, support for public safety, and addressing our inadequate mental health programs and exploding homeless crisis," Gaspar said. "There will be a lot of change at the county in the next four years and I’m looking forward to getting to work on those issues and make a difference for our taxpayers."

Gaspar will be sworn in on Jan. 9, and will represent a district that covers the coast from Del Mar to Encinitas, runs east through Carmel Valley and stretches along the Interstate 15 corridor between Tierrasanta and Escondido.

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