OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood issued a statement Tuesday that indicates he is conceding the Fifth District county supervisor race to incumbent Supervisor Bill Horn.
In a letter obtained by 10News, Wood said:
"While ballots for the Fifth District Supervisorial race will be counted into the next week, the trend indicates that Supervisor Horn will retain his seat.
I thank all the citizens who exercised their voting rights, and, of course, I give special thanks to those who supported me.
I expect this will be a narrow win for the Supervisor. I hope he chooses to spend his final term cognizant of the needs of ALL the people in the Fifth District, and the quality of life and safety that our residents have earned.
I extend my congratulations to Supervisor Horn and wish him well."
In last week's primary, Horn held on to defeat Wood in a tightly contested race.
The two Republicans in the nonpartisan race were each seeking to represent the coastline from Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad, along with Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos, and several unincorporated communities.
Horn, 77, a former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran-turned-avocado and citrus grower, was first elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1994. If he wins, he will be serving a sixth term.
Wood, 66, has served on the Oceanside City Council since 2002 following more than 30 years in law enforcement, and became the city's mayor in 2004.
Both Horn and Wood listed economic development, public safety and fiscal responsibility among their top issues, but their opinions differed drastically on the county's land use plan. The often-outspoken Horn voted against a general plan update because he said property owners' rights would be violated. The plan eventually passed.
Combined, the supervisors represent about 3 million residents and oversee a nearly $5 billion budget.