SOLANA BEACH — At a press conference outside of the County Administration Building March 15, Republican Supervisor Pam Slater-Price crossed party lines and endorsed Dave Roberts to replace her once she retires.In January, Slater-Price will step down from the District 3 seat she’s held for nearly two decades. District 3 includes Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido. Although three Republicans are vying for her seat, she endorsed Roberts, a democrat.“I strongly believe that partisan politics has no place in doing what is best for San Diego County,” Slater-Price said.
She said Roberts shares her passion for the environment and arts. Slater-Price also touted Roberts’ experience as a businessman and Solana Beach councilman.
“I know that Dave Roberts will work hard to balance the county budget,” she said. “He has the public and private sector experience doing just that.”
The five-member Board of Supervisors addresses budget matters, policy issues and health concerns. The last time a democrat was elected to the board was in the 1980s.
Among other Republicans, Carlsbad Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin and former Vista Councilman Bob Campbell also reached across the aisle to back Roberts. Other supporters included former San Diego City Councilman Donna Frye and Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth.
“I’ll always carry on with this bipartisan spirit,” Roberts said.
If elected, Roberts said he would use his experience as a Solana Beach councilman to reform San Diego’s pension system, create a business advisory committee, promote clean air and expand healthcare coverage and lure high-profile companies to San Diego.
The Republicans in the race are congressional aide Steve Danon, Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard and Bryan Ziegler, the senior deputy county counsel for the City of San Diego.