March 3 Primary: County Supervisor Races to Watch

The March 3 primary is just one day away and there are big local elections taking place all over the state. Today, we’re taking a look at the top supervisor races in California’s five most populous counties.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District 2

The race for L.A. County’s District 2 is wide open because Mark Ridley-Thomas is termed out (he’s now running for the City Council). Seven candidates are vying for the seat, including State Senator Holly Mitchell, former L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, Carson Mayor Albert Robles, and L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson. The top issue, far and away, is homelessness and housing affordability. Learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues here

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

The supervisors for San Diego’s Districts 1 and 2 are also termed out, while the District 3 incumbent is being challenged. The final outcome of these races will determine the political makeup of the Board of Supervisors.

In District 1, five people are running to replace Greg Cox: State Senator Ben Hueso, lawyer and port commissioner Rafael Castellanos, Sophia Rodriguez, Nora Vargas, and Alex Galicia. The board is non-partisan, but Galicia is the lone registered Republican in a county that is trending heavily Democratic.

In District 2, the candidates to replace Dianne Jacobs are former Republican State Senator Joel Anderson, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, general contractor Brian Sesko, and marriage and family therapist Kenya T. Taylor.

In District 3, incumbent Kristin Gaspar is facing two challengers. Economist, attorney and professor Terra Lawson-Remer was a senior advisor in President Obama’s Treasury Department. The other challenger, Olga Diaz, is a member of the Escondido City Council. She’s been outspoken on issues such as housing affordability and the environment.

Read more about Gaspar’s challengers here

Orange County Board of Supervisors

The two big supervisor races in Orange County tomorrow are in Districts 1 and 3, where the incumbents are being challenged.

In District 1, Andrew Do is facing off against Westminster Councilman Sergio Contreras, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, and Garden Grove Councilwoman Kim Nguyen. Do is a Republican under assault from three Democrats in a district where Democrats now have a significant voter registration advantage.

In District 3, another registered Republican is facing a Democrtic challenger. Supervisor Donald P. Wagner is trying to ward off attorney and OC Fair Board member Ashleigh Aitken, a Democrat.

Read more about the candidates and the issues that are dominating the races here.

Riverside County Board of Supervisors

Two high-stakes races are taking place in Riverside County Tuesday, where Supervisors Kevin Jeffries (District 1) and Chuck Washington (District 3) are battling re-election. Jeffries’ challengers are Melissa Bourbonnais and Debbie Walsh. Washington is facing off against four people: Edison Gomez-Krauss; Mike Juarez; Joe Scarafone; and Courtney Sheehan.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise breaks down the stakes and candidates here and here

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

With one supervisor foregoing re-election and to others termed out of office, Tuesday will be a jam-packed day for San Bernardino County. We’re watching Districts 1, 3 and 5.

Here’s what the field looks like:

DISTRICT 1 (Robert Lovingood not seeking re-election)

  • Paul Cook
  • Stevevonna Evans
  • Marcelino Garza
  • Rita Ramirez


  • Dawn Rowe (incumbent)
  • Kaisar Ahmed
  • Karen Ickes
  • Latron Lester
  • Eddie Tejeda

DISTRICT 5 (Josie Gonzalez termed out)

  • Jesse Armendarez
  • Joe Baca Jr.
  • Dan Flores
  • Nadia Renner

Public Safety and homelessness are top issues in all of these races.

Read more at the San Bernardino Sun