Another local race that affects all of us
All of our Encinitas Forward reference material, news coverage, and polls have so far been limited strictly to the Encinitas mayoral race, city council races, and ballot measures - but there is another local race for County Supervisor that will arguably affect residents of Encinitas in a pretty big way.
So, we thought we'd break from our regularly scheduled programming to take the pulse of the city on the two District 3 Supervisor candidates. Do you support Democrat Dave Roberts or Republican Kristin Gaspar?
Dave Roberts is the Democratic incumbent. He's also the only Democrat on the five member San Diego Board of Supervisors. His background includes two terms as Mayor of Solana Beach and a stint on the Solana Beach Budget and Finance Committee. Dave also founded, owns, and operates a multi-state real estate management company. He has served as a corporate officer for SAIC (a Fortune 500 company), was a senior manager for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (a non-profit), and worked for the U. S. Air Force helping to develop the military's health insurance system.
Kristin Gaspar is the Republican challenger. She is currently the Mayor of Encinitas and served on the Encinitas City Council before that. She has been a principal and CFO at Gaspar Physical Therapy, a business that she and her husband founded and grew to seven offices and 150 employees. She is also a civics teacher at Mission Estancia Elementary School.
You might wonder what a County Supervisor does. From Wikipedia: "Under its foundational Charter, the five-member elected San Diego County Board of Supervisors (BOS) is the county legislature. The board operates in a legislative, executive, and quasi-judicial capacity. As a legislative authority, it can pass ordinances for the unincorporated areas (ordinances that affect the whole county, like posting of restaurant ratings, must be ratified by the individual city). As an executive body, it directs the activities of the county departments. As a quasi-judicial body, the Board is the final venue of appeal in the local planning process."
From a 2010 KPBS Interview: "...they control a $5 billion budget, and that $5 billion pays for various social services programs. We hear a lot about food stamps, it pays for public assistance, when we had the H1N1 outbreak it's the county's job to intervene and assess the risk. They inspect restaurants. They actually make a lot of decisions that affect your daily life."
Turns out the county government is important. And the Encinitas representative matters. So this race should be on your radar as you're thinking about November 8.
What do you think? Who do you support? Take our anonymous poll and then see what other engaged Encinitas residents think. Hit the link below!