Many County Races Too Close to Call

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Here's a quick recap of results in some of the key races around the county including a first in more than a decade in the race for county supervisor.

    Supervisor Ron Roberts faces a November runoff with the results in the District 4 race. Roberts earned 48 percent of the vote. Challenger Stephen Whitburn earned 22 percent of the vote. The same can be said for Supervisor Bill Horn who earned 47 percent of the vote in District 5. Challenger Steve Gronke will face Horn in November after earning 21 percent of the vote.

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    The San Diego City Council District 6 race was close in the early going, but with 100 percent of the precincts in it will be Lorie Zapf facing off against Howard Wayne for Donna Frye's council seat.

    "My expectation was to be in the runoff (with Wayne)," Zapf told the voiceofsandiego Tuesday night. "The two of us had the most support and endorsements."

    In District 8 race, David Alvarez with 24 percent of the vote is followed by Felipe Hueso with 20 percent of the vote. B. Howard earned  18 percent, Nick Inzunza with 17 percent and James Wright following with 12 percent. The top two finishers will compete in a runoff  to replace Ben Hueso, who is running for the state assembly.

    One race that many were watching was that of San Diego County Sheriff.  Sheriff Bill Gore -- who replaced Bill Kolender after he retired in mid-term -- earned the office with 57 percent of the vote. Jay La Suer, who trailed 22 percent of the vote. Jim Duffy was chosen by 21 percent of the voters.

    More than 60 percent of voters approved Proposition D, a charter amendment that would adopt the so-called "strong mayor" form of municipal government in San Diego.

    There was a lot of support for a new recycling collection center and landfill in East Otay Mesa. With 85 percent of the vote, Proposition A moves ahead and would it take the burden off landfills at Otay Mesa, Miramar and Sycamore Canyon in Santee.

    The Democratic primary for the 40th District of State Senate was very tight, with Mary Salas and Juan Vargas separated by around 250 votes - 50-50 split.

    In South Bay, the mayor's race was being closely watched by Chula Vista residents, incumbent Cheryl Cox beat her two challengers Steve Castaneda and Jorge Dominguez.

    Chula Vista's Prop G pitted labor against business in the South Bay. The measure sought to ban so-called project labor agreements on city-funded projects. With 100 precincts in, 56 percent of the ballots case approved the proposition.

    In Coronado, voters are fed up with putting money towards a tunnel option between the Coronado bridge and Naval Air Station North Island. The city's already spent millions on the study. Now this is an advisory vote, to give city leaders guidance. The city council will make the final decision on what to do.

    Another race drawing attention around the county was the recall race involving Poway City Councilwoman Betty Rexford, which was passed with 78 percent of voters casting "yes" ballots. Also on the ballot in the event the recall went through is an election to replace Rexford. In that contest, Steve Vaus and John Mullin both earned about a third of the vote, with Pet Babich at 19 percent, Dave Grosch following at 10 percent and four other hopefuls in single digits. Unlike some other races, there will be no runoff election, according to Poway officials -- the winner of Tuesday's contest will fill the seat.