Anderson is set to become District 2 County Supervisor as count nears end

A couple of other races remain close with 7,000 ballots outstanding countywide

Former state Sen. Joel Anderson appears to be a lock for San Diego’s last remaining county supervisor seat.

With 7,000 ballots still outstanding countywide, the Registrar of Voters released new totals Wednesday afternoon showing Anderson leading fellow Republican and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus by 283 votes, or less than 0.1 percent of votes cast.

It is unknown how many of the remaining uncounted ballots apply to District 2, which includes the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, Santee and unincorporated areas.

The count has favored Anderson since Election Day, when Vaus initially led by more than 4,000 votes.


Anderson’s victory, assuming it holds, carries significant implications for the region, especially for East County residents, who will be represented by someone new for the first time in nearly three decades.

Longtime Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who has represented it for 28 years, is leaving office at the end of the year because of term limits. She had endorsed Vaus in the race.

Although Vaus and Anderson share a party affiliation, there are contrasts in how they presented themselves to voters.

Anderson, who as a state legislator represented a large portion of the district from 2007 to 2018, ran as a Trump Republican. He emphasized his support from the Republican Party of San Diego County and prominently displayed his support for President Donald Trump on his mailers, a gambit given Trump’s unpopularity in California.

The longtime Alpine resident also scored endorsements from such old-school Republicans as former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Rep. Duncan Hunter Sr.

Meanwhile Vaus, who pivoted from a successful music career to public office in Poway in 2012, ran as the man in the political middle. He received support from Jacob, Supervisor Jim Desmond and Sheriff Bill Gore, as well as from Democrats and progressive-leaning groups such as the county’s major labor union, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas and Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara.

If he wins, Anderson will have to navigate a county Board of Supervisors with a Democrat majority for the first time in decades. Some of the Democrats coming aboard have emphasized in their own campaigns changes to the way the county addresses climate change and other environmental issues and social justice issues.

Working in Anderson’s favor is his past experience in the state legislature, where he was in the minority party and where his tenure overlapped with Democratic County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.


The District 2 county supervisor contest is not the only narrow East County race still awaiting final vote counts. The District 4 Santee City Council race may prove the closest contest in the county this election cycle.

Dustin Trotter is leading Samantha “Samm” Hurst by six votes — 3,918 to 3,912 votes.

Small business owner Trotter has said he wants to help small businesses, improve public transportation and increase open space and parks.

Hurst, a public health scientist and college instructor, campaigned on challenging high-density developments, pushing for more civic engagement and advocating for local businesses.


And in the Ramona Municipal Water District’s Division 3 race, incumbent Thomas Ace, who died at his 比特币交易网home Oct. 24, held a 112-vote lead over retired U.S. Navy officer Rex Allen Schildhouse Wednesday.

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu has said the votes will continue to be counted, and if Ace receives the most votes, the result will be certified and the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will have a vacancy to fill.

The county plans its next vote count update Tuesday at 5 p.m.