Danon has slim lead in supervisor race

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SAN DIEGO — Steve Danon held a slim lead Tuesday over Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts in early results in the race to fill the San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Pam Slater-Price.

Danon, the chief of staff of Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, led by 51 percent to 49 percent after a count of vote-by-mail ballots. The winner will become the first new supervisor in San Diego County since 1995.

Slater-Price, whose District 3 stretches from Encinitas to Escondido and includes some Northern San Diego areas, is retiring. The campaign to replace her focused largely on job creation and bolstering the economy.

Danon said, if elected, he would collaborate with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and business leaders to retain, recruit and create a healthier business environment to provide better paying jobs.

Roberts said he would form an office of small business development to give incentives to small businesses to help in job creation.

The two advanced to a runoff when neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in June primary election. Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard; Bryan Ziegler, deputy county counsel; and Stephen Pate, a transportation coordinator in the film industry, were knocked out of the race.

Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob beat challengers outright in their June re-election bids. .