Encinitas mayor announces run for county supervisor seat

Kristin Gaspar joins Escondido Mayor Sam Abed in challenge for Dave Roberts’ chair

North Coast Current

Kristin Gaspar, Encinitas’ first elected mayor, has announced she will run for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2016.

Kristin Gaspar
Kristin Gaspar

Gaspar made the announcement Aug. 31. She will run for the seat serving the 3rd District, currently filled by former Solana Beach councilman Dave Roberts. In June, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed announced he is running for the seat, as well.

Gaspar’s announcement, posted on www.sdrostra.com, comes during her first two-year term as Encinitas mayor.

“I’ve been deeply involved in our community, and as an elected official over the last five years, and recognize the importance the Board of Supervisors plays in our region,” Gaspar said in the announcement. “I made the decision to seek the 3rd District seat because I want to play a more active role in the important investments we need to make in our roads, infrastructure, and core county services. My experience in a private sector company and as an elected official has prepared me to work successfully with the group of Supervisors representing diverse districts.”

In announcing her candidacy, Gaspar touted her financial management background and years of community service. She serves as chief financial officer for Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, founded by her husband, Paul Gaspar. She also served as board president of the San Dieguito Water District. Gaspar was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2010.

“As a mother of young children, I want to work to make our community safe, healthy, and prosperous for our families,” Gaspar said in the announcement. “I believe my experience as a small business owner, who understands the challenges of managing and growing a business; and my experience in local government will allow me to make a positive impact on the region.”