Escondido, CA

Defiant in defeat, Mayor Abed announces re-election bid

Although he came in third in the con­test for Dave Roberts’s Third District Supervisor’s seat in last week’s primary election, Mayor Sam Abed announced on Friday night that he will be running for a third term two years from now.

The mayor chose a venue for the an­nouncement where he was definitely among friends, the annual Escondido Chamber of Commerce. He got a round of applause when he mentioned that he was running again.

During a presentation in honor of the outgoing Chamber of Commerce board chairman Linda Bailey, Abed joked about the results of the election and said that he was proud to remain in Escondido and finish his term—and run for another one. He pledged to continue to fight for his values and for his beliefs.

Supervisor’s election

After Tuesday’s election results were in incumbent Dave Roberts got 41,691 (39.09%) to 36,199 (33.94%) for En­cinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and 28,775 (26.98%) for Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. That means that Roberts and Gaspar will face off for the big prize in November. Al­though the supervisor is officially a non- partisan office, party affiliations count in San Diego County—where the two Re­publicans, Abed and Gaspar, split the vote this time. Now Republicans may possi­bly unite behind Gaspar, which could put Roberts at a disadvantage. However, Rob­erts has a reputation for bipartisanship, so the election could be very competitive.

California Assembly

Escondido native Marie Waldron was elected to a third term in the California Assembly, defeating her Democratic op­ponent Andrew Masiel Sr. by a vote of 33,716 votes (60.59%) to 21928 (39.41%). WAIT A MINUTE! Wait a minute! Re­wind! That’s not exactly what happened! What ACTUALLY happened is that, be­cause of state law, although Waldron de­feated her opponent by a substantial mar­gin, this primary is just a dress rehearsal for November, when the same two candi­dates will face each other again, and each will see if she or he can improve her or his scores. The law states that the top two candidates in a state primary election will duke it out in November, even if there are only two candidates.

U.S. Representative, 50th District

Duncan Hunter, the Republican incum­bent in the 50th District, won 62,094 votes (57.84%) to 22,812 (21.25%) for Demo­crat Patrick Molloy, 12,069

11.24%; David Secor (D), 12,069 (11.24%); Scott C. Meisterlin (R), 7,066

(6.58%); H. Fiji Shioura, 3,310 (3.08%). This means that he and Molloy will face each other in the November election.

County board of education 4th Dis­trict

Incumbent Mark Anderson barely squeaked by, defeating his challenger Paulette Donnellson by 45,877 (50.11%) to 45,684 (49.89%).

Superior Court—Office No. 25

James A Mangione, incumbent judge, won 27,756 votes (62.26%) to challenger Paul Ware, 16,368 (37.74%).

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