by: Joshua Stewart
San Diego Union-Tribune
Bill Horn announced that he is backing San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond to become his successor on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, making an endorsement of a fellow Republican nearly nine-months before the primary election.
“Mayor Desmond shares my view that the Supervisors must maintain the fiscally conservative policies that have made San Diego County one of the best managed and financially secure local governments in the nation,” Horn said in a statement released by Desmond’s campaign.
Horn, who is leaving office next year because of term limits, said he also supports Desmond for his policies on crime, traffic congestion, libraries, and agriculture, and that he will address the interests of the rural, unincorporated stretches of the county.
“I am confident that Mayor Desmond will address the particular concerns of the Backcountry, one of the most critical roles of this office,” Horn said.
Desmond is running against Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, a Republican, as well as Oceanside Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, a Democrat.