Kristin Gaspar forces November runoff against Dave Roberts for County Supervisor
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Incumbent District 3 County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ seat will be decided in the November election. Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar emerged as a serious contender for the office, gathering 33.6 percent of the vote. Roberts led the field with with 39.1 percent of the vote, but couldn’t secure the 50 percent plus one necessary to avoid a November runoff.
District 3 holds approximately 630,000 residents, including the Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas communities.
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Sam Abed placed last with 27.3 percent of the vote, but support for his candidacy split the vote enough to keep Roberts’ seat hot. Roberts’ legal troubles following the resignation of several members of his staff made his position vulnerable.Colleagues on the board agreed to pay $310,000 to settle claims with three former staffers that he misused his powers. The District Attorney’s Office did not pursue criminal charges, however, saying his actions did not meet the threshold for pursuing a criminal case.
Elsewhere, Greg Cox was re-elected as South Bay County Supervisor without opposition, and Dianne Jacob retained her East County Supervisor seat. Both supervisors will enter their final four years in office before being termed out.