Update: Blakespear to be Encinitas’ next mayor

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Councilmember Catherine Blakespear won an easy victory over Paul Gaspar, a businessman and doctor of physical therapy, in the race to become Encinitas’ second elected mayor.

As the latest update, released Monday night by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Blakespear has 19,053 votes, or 67.65 percent of the total, to Gaspar’s 9,112, or 32.25 percent.

The percentages remain virtually unchanged since election night, when Blakespear led by 11,848 votes, or 67.23 percent of the total, to Gaspar’s 5,774 votes, or 32.77 percent.

As of Monday night, 164,000 ballots remain to be the counted, although it is not clear how many are from Encinitas. That’s down from 620,000 uncounted mail and provisional ballots on election night.

Gaspar is the husband of Kristin Gaspar, Encinitas’ first elected mayor, who gave up her position to run for the Third District seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, currently held by Dave Roberts. Gaspar leads the incumbent by a slim margin as of Monday night.

In an email message sent out early on Nov. 9, Blakespear wrote, “I’m humbled to the core for the outpouring of support from you that propelled our Encinitas mayoral campaign to such a decisive victory. There’s much to do in our mission to Preserve Our Paradise, and I can’t wait to start.”

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