by: The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego County’s 5th Supervisorial District — covering the North County cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos and unincorporated areas to the east such as Valley Center — is a likely future focus of new housing and economic development. It badly needs an experienced replacement for termed-out Supervisor Bill Horn.
Because of this, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, a Republican, is an easy choice over his Democratic opponent, Oceanside policy analyst Michelle Gomez. Desmond acted immaturely in May when he stormed out of a San Diego Association of Governments board meeting to protest what he saw as a power play by big cities. But it goes against his history of being a constructive, effective, collegial officeholder since being elected to the San Marcos City Council in 2004. And in his two interviews this year with The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board, Desmond spoke thoughtfully about housing and land-use issues and promised to bring “a different set of ideas and a different set of eyes” to a county board that has been extraordinarily complacent about problems.
This was in sharp contrast to Gomez. In her two editorial board interviews, Gomez came across as a political novice with a shaky grasp of issues like housing, pensions and Proposition 64, the 2016 measure that legalized recreational marijuana use but allowed local governments to ban cannabis shops.
Vote for Jim Desmond for county supervisor.