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Desmond announces supervisor run

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond has announced that he is running for county supervisor in 2018.

Desmond is running in District 5, where longtime supervisor Bill Horn will be termed out of office after serving six terms. He is the first person to announce their candidacy in what is expected to be a crowded field to succeed the controversial longtime supervisor.

Desmond in a brief statement on Feb. 4 touted his experience as mayor in San Marcos, where the city has had a period of unparalleled stability, both financially and politically. Desmond and his colleagues ran unopposed for mayor in 2014, prompting the city to cancel the election for the first time in the city’s 51-year history.

He also touted his experience on regional boards such as the San Diego County Association of Governments and the San Diego Airport Authority.

“As Mayor of San Marcos with balanced budgets, strong reserves, and solid infrastructure our community has thrived,” Desmond said. “As a board member of SANDAG and the San Diego Airport Authority I have approved billions of dollars of regional projects creating thousand of local jobs.”

Desmond was elected to the council in 2004 and scored a major political upset when he defeated four-term mayor F.H. “Corky” Smith in the November 2006 election.

Desmond, who has been a pilot with Delta Airlines since 1986, is a self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative” and a registered Republican.

“I’ll bring fiscally conservative values to the County and build a better future for all county residents,” Desmond said in his statement.


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Gabriel P Castano, Sr February 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Jim is the best thing coming to district 5. While Bill Horn did not do a “bad-Job” he created some unecessary controversies especially in the development areas.
I will support Jim Desmond!

Joseph Wells February 13, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Maybe he should fix the problems in San Marcos first. Such as the issue of trespassers at Double Peak Park after dark. This has been brought up at the last 5 city council meetings.

GERALD HANDLOVICS February 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

Good luck Jim, I know you will win.
Jerry Handlovics

Howard Williams February 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

I’ve watch you often in my twenty years as an elective office holder (Division 4 Vista Irrigation District) and my appointed County offices, including County Water Authority Board and advisory member of the SANDAG Board and its committees. You have done a great job.
In 25 pre-retirement years as a journalist I met public servants at every level, including several Presidents. You are up there with the best of them.
Howard Williams

Glen E. Winn February 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Jim Desmond, As Mayor, You have introduced the People of San Marcos to Many New Ideas, and You will continue that LEGACY, as the NEXT New County Supervisor.. Good Luck and WIN this one. Glen E. Winn

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