By Miriam Raftery
June 4, 2014 (San Diego)--In the hotly contested County supervisorial race in District 5, Supervisor Bill Horn appears to have narrowly edged out Oceanside Mayor and fellow Republican Bill Wood. Horn is up by approximately 51% to 49%, with all precincts counting but many absentee ballots yet to be tallied.
Horn drew controversy during the campaign amid revelations that he misused a religious charity to shelter his income from real estate deals – actions that five tax experts have said were illegal.
Supervisor Horn has faced his share of controversies through the years, formerly turning over county grant funds to a group providing anti-abortion messaging in public schools and for his pro-development stances that have ired many constituents.
This will be Horn’s last term of office, however, since the county’s new term limits initiative recently approved by voters will terminate his tenure in office at the next election.
In the 4th District, Ron Roberts ran unopposed, collecting 100% of votes cast in the only other supervisorial seat on the ballot in the primary election.