SAN DIEGO — Incumbent Jim Desmond built an early lead in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 5 race, early results in the California General Election showed.

As of Wednesday evening, Desmond was still leading and had garnered about 60% of the vote compared to his opponent Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson’s nearly 40%. There were still 8,700 projected outstanding ballots countywide, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

District 5 covers the northernmost part of San Diego County, spanning from the Oceanside coast all the way to Ocotillo Wells in San Diego’s desert. The district is over 2,000 square miles, making up over 51% of San Diego County, according to Desmond’s website. Over 700,00 people live in this district, which is made up of predominantly unincorporated communities. 

Desmond is the incumbent supervisor in District 5 and the former mayor of San Marcos. His re-election campaign has been endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association, among other organizations. 

Boyd-Hodson is a scientist and a director on the Vallecitos Water District.