With term limits and aging careers set to impact the current Board of Supervisors over the next four to six years, the partisan makeup of the Board will almost certainly change. Based on voter registration statistics and other demographic treads, the Board is set to change to a long term 3-2 Democrat majority.
But that’s only if we don’t take back the Dave Roberts seat. That’s right, Robert’s seat is the key to a Republican majority and is the third most Republican seat in the County — currently a five point Republican registration advantage. That should be a safe Republican seat in San Diego — at worst a lean Republican district even in a Presidential general election year.
The problem in 2012 is we ran a candidate that was a chief of staff to the most unpopular institution in America, Congress. That candidate’s consultant ran an ineffective campaign, and now we have a Democrat supervisor in a Republican seat.
How do we change that? Finding a viable candidate who can fundraise and run an effective campaign must be a top priority. We need someone who is a proven campaigner and a proven winner.
The best candidate we have, if he is willing, is former Assemblyman George Plescia. Plescia represented large chunks of this district during his time in the assembly and ran there during his long shot state senate campaign in 2012.
Plescia is a solid campaigner with a great rolodex at his disposal. He would be a shoe-in in a heads up race in the primary and would be the favorite in the general due to the natural Republican voter registration advantage.
I really hope Plescia will run for this seat. Many would like to see him back as a public servant with a proven track record of being able to get things done.