CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Dozens of people attended a fundraiser for San Diego County Supervisor candidate Dave Roberts on March 18 at Trattoria Positano.Roberts, 51, is running to fill the void in district 3, as current Supervisor Pam Slater-Price is retiring after two decades in office. The longtime Solana Beach councilman who has held the city’s Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral posts was recently endorsed by Slater-Price.
“I’m really humbled by her endorsement,” Roberts said. “It really shows the strong bipartisan support my candidacy has and it has completely changed the dynamics of the race.”
Slater-Price, a Republican, announced her endorsement of Roberts, the only Democrat running against three Republicans, on March 15.
While the position is non-partisan, Democrats have been absent from the powerful regional planning body for more than a decade.
Encinitas City Council member Teresa Barth and Don Barth along with a committee including Francine Busby, Claire and Tom McGreal, Nan Sterman and Curt Wittenburg, Lisa Shaffer, and Ian Thompson hosted the event.
Roberts highlighted some of the areas that fall under the purview of the country supervisors. “Their decisions have a real impact on the county,” Roberts said. Everything from regulating what cash registers and gas pumps charge to land use decisions in the unincorporated areas of the county and public safety fall under the supervisors’ direction.
“Most people aren’t aware that approximately one-fourth of the $5 billion budget is in health care related items,” Roberts said. As a supervisor, Roberts said he would ensure that those funds were spent efficiently to serve the population.
While Roberts is focusing on job creation, public safety and improving the quality of life for the county’s residents in his stump speeches, he pulls heavily from his experience in private business and on regional boards to appeal to a broad base of supporters.