ESCONDIDO — Mayor Sam Abed is planning to address rumors Monday that he will be running for the San Diego County District 3 Board of Supervisor seat currently held by Supervisor Dave Roberts.
In recent weeks, allegations have come up from two of Roberts’ former staff members that he misused county resources, created a hostile work environment and had an unprofessional relationship with a staff member.
Roberts has refuted the claims calling them slanderous and false.
The Republican Party of San Diego County is hoping to replace him, although nobody has stepped forward yet to officially announce a candidacy.
“There will be at least one Republican candidate before summer,” said Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County Tony Krvaric. “As long as Roberts is there, we’ll keep challenging him.”
Krvaric said they’re not in a hurry to place support behind one candidate because the election is a year away.
“There’s plenty of great talent out there, and any one of them would make a great supervisor,” said Krvaric.
He also stressed the importance of the seat. Roberts is the only democrat on the Board of Supervisors.
“This seat is the seat,” Krvaric said.
He believes two seats that are up for reelection in the coming years will go to democrats.
Krvaric believes Greg Cox’s seat in District 1, which represents the south bay, will likely go to a democrat once Cox is termed out in 2020.
He believes the same for Ron Roberts’ seat, which is open in 2018. Roberts represents metro San Diego in District 4.
Three supervisor seats are up for reelection this year, District 1, 2 and 3.
“Whoever controls (Dave Roberts’ seat) tips the control of the Board of Supervisors one way or the other,” Krvaric said.
The County Board of Supervisors sets the law for unincorporated portions of San Diego.
Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party Francine Busby said she isn’t sure yet if a democrat will run against Roberts in the upcoming election.
“Right now, it’s too early,” Busby said. “The story is evolving. There is an investigation going on and we’re watching and waiting to see what the resolution is on that.”
Roberts is not under investigation from the District Attorney regarding the allegations, according to Gary Gartner, a spokesman for the supervisor.
Gartner said Roberts welcomes an investigation and hopes the District Attorney will get all of the facts and information from the internal process in the county.
This story has been updated. A former edition said Roberts was under investigation from the District Attorney. He is not currently under a formal investigation.