Danon, Roberts to face off in November for supervisor seat

By Claire Harlin

Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts will be facing off against Carmel Valley resident Steve Danon in the Nov. 6 general election for District 3 County Supervisor, a seat that hasn’t seen new blood in nearly 20 years.

The two enjoyed a close finish June 5 in the primaries, with Danon, chief of staff for Rep. Brian Bilbray, leading by only 900 votes (as of press time for this newspaper).

Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard trailed with about 22 percent of the vote.

Danon said he appreciates the support he’s received throughout the district.

“Given the amount of money spent by opponents attacking me, I am very relieved by the outcome and looking forward to the November run-off election,” Danon, a Republican, said on June 6. He added that he believes special interests — especially labor unions — will be pouring money into Roberts’ campaign, so he hopes “taxpayers will rally behind me and help level the playing field.”

Roberts said he is thrilled that in less than five months he was able to catch up with the front-runner, Danon, whose campaign spans more than two years.

“We believe our message caught on, and people were looking for a true community leader with private sector experience,” said Roberts, “Someone to preserve the quality of life and have the fiscal discipline to step up to the Board of Supervisors.”

Roberts added that he could not have done it without the hard work of his more than 100 volunteers, and now there are even more volunteers stepping up to support him.

The District 3 Supervisor seat will be vacated at the end of the year by Pam Slater-Price, who endorsed Roberts, a Democrat.

The Board of Supervisors has not seen a new member for 16 years, but now that term limits have recently been implemented, Slater-Price’s successor will lead the way over the next decade as there will be turnover on the board.

Hilliard’s campaign manager, K.B. Forbes, said Hilliard called Roberts and Danon on the morning of June 6 to wish them a congratulations.

“We did the best we could, but the results have come in and we congratulate our opponents,” he said.

As of press time for this newspaper, Carmel Valley resident Ray Ellis garnered 45 percent of the vote for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat, and will see incumbent Sherri Lightner in the general election. Lightner received 41 percent of the vote.

San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio won 32 percent of the vote in the race for San Diego Mayor, followed by U.S. Rep. Bob Filner with 30 percent, as of press time.

In the 52nd U.S. Congressional district race, Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will run off against Scott Peters in November. As of press time, Peters received 22.58 percent of the vote, barely finishing ahead of Lori Saldana, who got 21.98 percent of the vote.