June 2012 Primary: N. County Perspective on Supe D-3
The District 3 County Supervisor’s race race looked early on like a battle between Steve Danon, the challenger, and Pam Slater-Price, the 20 year incumbent. After Danon racked up a serious list of endorsements and accumulated a respectable war chest, indicating he was serious about “bringing it,” the incumbent folded her tent, said “no mas,” and withdrew from the re-election bid leaving Danon all alone. When I was interviewed regarding this sudden development I said that there was no way Danon was going to walk unopposed into that seat… I was more right than I knew… A little while later Dave Roberts (D) of Solana Beach and then Carl Hilliard (R) of Del Mar entered the race and between their self-funding and their fundraising they made sure it was a very competitive contest.
It appears Hilliard spent over $300,000 of his personal fortune but finished “out of the money” to put it in race-horse owner terms. We’ll have a D v. R run-off in November, and we can count on a “spirited” campaign to be sure. The November election follows closely on Halloween. As such, my bet is that closet skeletons could appear