Three-term city councilmember Olga Diaz will be challenging Kristin Gaspar, who is in the third year of her first term on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, representing the 3rd District, which includes Escondido.
She released an announcement on Wednesday.
Since you can’t run for two offices simultaneously, this would mean that she will be leaving the city council at the end of her term, whether she wins Gaspar’s seat or not. Gaspar, the former mayor of Encinitas, has not yet announced whether she will be running for reelection.
Diaz says she is running to pursue causes she is passionate about such as land use and development, climate change, coastal preservation and health and human services.
She plans to help find a replacement to run for her seat. She expressed optimism that the political changes that came about last year on the city council would, because of “demographic shifts” not reverse themselves in two years.
“I’m running for Supervisor to serve as an honest, independent, and articulate voice for San Diego County residents. I believe that my experiences – as a local City Councilmember, business owner, community leader, and mom – have prepared me to help solve the problems our region faces while making county government more responsive, inclusive, transparent, and progressive. I won’t be afraid to take on the status quo and institute new ideas to reduce homelessness, keep neighborhoods safe, improve the services that our most vulnerable residents rely on, tackle climate change, and protect the things that make San Diego County such a great place to live,” begins the announcement.
Diaz also rolled out a list of endorsements from local elected leaders, many of whom intend to play an active role in her campaign. Her list of early supporters includes:
State Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath
State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear
Escondido City Councilmember Consuelo Martinez
Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacker
Vista City Councilmember Corinna Contreras
The remaining text of the announcement is quoted below:
“Over the course of three terms on the Escondido City Council, Olga Diaz has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for open space, parks, trails, libraries, arts, and core services that make Escondido a city with soul where families thrive and businesses grow. Her long record of community involvement also includes having served on the CSU San Marcos President’s Advisory Committee, the San Diego Union-Tribune Latino Advisory Board, the Voice of San Diego’s Board of Directors, and San Diego Gas & Electric’s Community Advisory Council. Olga also serves on the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, and she previously served as an alternate on the California Coastal Commission.
“The daughter of immigrants, Diaz was raised in a home that required every member of the family to roll up their sleeves and contribute. She believes her experience growing up in a bi-cultural and bi-lingual family taught her the importance of hard work and perseverance.
“Professionally, Diaz has worked in the fields of public accounting, data analysis, and research. She owned a local small business for ten years, and she currently works as the Interim Dean of Counseling at Palomar Community College. Diaz received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from San Diego State University. She and her husband, a retired Escondido police Lieutenant and best-selling crime fiction author, live in Escondido. She is a proud mother of four children.”
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San Diego’s 3rd Supervisorial District includes Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Solana Beach, and numerous neighborhoods in the City of San Diego.