Republican Steve Danon is holding onto an early lead over Dave Roberts in the District 3 county Board of Supervisors race as more ballots are tallied. But with just 26.2 percent of precincts reporting, Danon's lead is slighly smaller than the night's earliest indications.
With 38,252 votes to Roberts' 37,120, Danon has 50.75 percent of the vote so far, with nearly 290 precincts left to count.
More than $830,000 was raised between the two candidates since the beginning of the year, making the race something to watch considering the Board of Supervisors has not only not seen a new face in 16 years, but hasn’t seen a Democratic representative for an even longer stretch.
The district seat was left open after longtime District 3 Supervisor Pam Slater-Price announced early this year that she would not be seeking another term. Leon Williams was the last Democrat to serve on the Board of Supervisors, dating back to 1994. According to late October figures from the Registrar of Voters, the district is comprised of 95,562 registered Democrats to 116,349 registered Republicans.
In the June primary, Danon led the pack of five candidates, taking nearly 34 percent of the vote. Roberts forced the runoff with a vote share of just under 31.5 percent while the third- and fourth-place finishers, Republicans Carl Hilliard and Bryan Ziegler, accounted for more than 28 percent of the returns.
Both candidates have campaigned on job creation and county employee pension reform. Roberts has suggested a pension cap that would end $100,000-plus pensions, while Danon wants to eliminate taxpayer-funded pensions altogether, favoring a 401(k)-style plan for county employees.
The two candidates differ greatly on their views of the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, which puts $1 million in discretionary funding for community groups and causes into the hands of each of the five supervisors. Danon has called it a “slush fund” while Roberts regards it as critical to supporting communities around the county.