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Runoffs take shape in San Diego County supervisor races

Posted: 11:29 PM, Mar 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-04 11:19:40-05
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Runoff elections were in the works Wednesday to replace two termed-out members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, while incumbent Supervisor Kristin Gaspar is advancing in her bid for another four-year term.

Greg Cox, a Republican, has represented the San Diego Bay-centered District 1 since 1995. Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso led the field of candidates hoping to replace him and is bound for a November runoff. San Diego Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos finished second in the race, but only about 100 votes ahead of healthcare advocate and union representative Nora Vargas. The narrow margin of victory means still-to-be-counted ballots could potentially tip the scales for Vargas.

District 1 covers the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City; 19 San Diego communities, including Barrio Logan, Grant Hill, Point Loma and San Ysidro; and the four unincorporated communities of Bonita, East Otay Mesa, Lincoln Acres and Sunnyside.

In the race to replace Dianne Jacob, a Republican who has represented a good portion of the East County for 27 years in District 2, Joel Anderson, a Republican former state assemblyman and senator, is heading to the runoff against Republican Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.

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District 2, the county's largest, includes the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway; and seven San Diego communities, including Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville and San Carlos. District 2 is also home to the East County's unincorporated communities of Alpine, Julian, Ramona, Spring Valley, Campo and Rancho San Diego.

Gaspar, also a Republican, was first elected in 2016 to represent District 3, which comprises coastal cities, inland communities and a military base. Gaspar easily led the three-candidate field. Terra Lawson-Remer, an Democratic economist who served in the Obama administration as an adviser on environmental policy, will take on Gaspar in the runoff.

District 3 covers the coastal cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. The northeast corner includes Escondido and San Pasqual Valley. Further south, the district is home to bedroom communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Sabre Springs and Mira Mesa. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is also included in District 3.

The Board of Supervisors had been long dominated by Republicans until the 2018 election of Nathan Fletcher, who represents District 4.