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Dave Roberts concedes to Gaspar in Supervisor's race

Supervisor Dave Roberts will be handing over the reigns to Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar.
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Supervisor Dave Roberts won’t be serving a second term on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, he has conceded to Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Roberts called Gaspar Monday morning after a weekend trip to Disneyland with his family. 

He sent out an email to his supporters:

I called Kristin to congratulate her and offer my sincere help in transitioning the office to her between now and early January when she takes office.

I am so proud and grateful to have been given the honor of serving as your County Supervisor.

I am looking forward to continuing to work to fulfill our vision for a prosperous San Diego County that protects our quality of life today and for future generations.

Roberts, in 2013, joined The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the only Democrat among four Republicans.

He is also gay, married to a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and together they have six adopted children.

Roberts was ahead a few thousand votes after the polls closed on Nov. 8. But his opponent  gained more in numbers throughout the following week and by Monday morning she was ahead with 50.27 percent of the vote compared to Robert’s 49.73 percent; a difference of  only 1,242.

It's believed that Gaspar overtook Roberts by way of  negative campaign tactics  which included mailers and television ads alleging that Roberts had betrayed the public's trust. 

Her win means that all five supervisors will be Republicans in a primarily Democratic county.

During his time as supervisor Roberts and his staff said they made plenty of effort to attend as many neighborhood functions as possible, including groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and other ceremonies.

At one point in his political career Roberts was a Republican, but in a 2012 Los Angeles Times interview said he left the GOP because he wasn’t welcomed.

"The Republicans wanted me to be fired," Roberts said. "That's when I changed political parties."

Gaspar, once she takes over for Roberts, will oversee the 3rd Supervisorial District which encompasses most of northern San Diego County including Encinitas on the coast, and Escondido inland.

She will be sworn into office in early January.