Gaspar’s lead over Roberts in Third District Supervisor’s race expands to 1,247 votes

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Encinitas mayor Kristin Gaspar continues to increase her lead over incumbent Third District Supervisor Dave Roberts, according to a Saturday night update by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters that puts her up by more than 1,200 votes.

If the current trend holds up, she’ll become the first challenger to unseat a sitting member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in more than three decades.

According to the latest count, Gaspar has 113,594 votes, or 50.28 percent, while Roberts has 112,347, or 49.72 percent.

Approximately 60,000 mail and provisional ballots, countywide, remain to be counted.

The Nov. 26 count tallied 16,000 ballots.

Gaspar took the lead Nov. 18, when that day’s update put her 15 votes ahead. The day before, she was behind by 560 votes; the day before that, 1,735 votes.

Election night ended with Gaspar behind by 2,293 votes and most news stories declaring Roberts the winner. At the time, 620,000 votes, countywide, were yet to be counted.

District 3 includes Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Solana Beach, as well as a large expanse of northern San Diego, including parts of Carmel Valley, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Penasquitos.

Roberts, a former Solana Beach mayor and City Council member, was elected to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. He beat Republican Steve Danon, a former chief of staff to Congressman Brian Bilbray, for the right to succeed the retiring Pam Slater-Price, who had endorsed Roberts even though she is a Republican.

Roberts’ first term as the county board’s only Democrat was marred by allegations that he mistreated staffers, misused county resources and engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a staff member. Three former staffers filed formal claims with the county, prompting Roberts’ colleagues on the board to approve a $310,000 settlement.

Roberts has consistently denied the allegations; in April, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said her office would not file criminal charges but conceded, “Supervisor Dave Roberts violated county and civil workplace policies.”

Gaspar won the right to square off against Roberts in the June primary, where she bested Escondido Mayor, and fellow Republican, Sam Abed.

According to the latest statistics from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, there are a total of 339,798 registered voters in the Third District. Formerly a solid Republican district, Democrats as of Oct. 24 hold a slight edge, with 113,733 registered voters compared to 111,105 registered Republicans.

The last time an incumbent Supervisor was defeated was in November 1984, when Brian Bilbray, then the brash young mayor of Imperial Beach, defeated Tom Hamilton.

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