Dave Roberts is interviewed Tuesday night at Election Central in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Dave Roberts successfully clung to a lead early Wednesday in his bid to remain on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for a second term, but his edge over challenger Kristin Gaspar was narrow.

Roberts ended with 50.9 percent of the vote, compared to 49.1 percent for Gaspar, the Encinitas mayor.

Roberts survives a scandal over the way he managed his staff to make the runoff election with Gaspar. Last year, the Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $310,000 to settle claims brought by three former staffers who accused Roberts of misusing his powers.

Four years ago, he became the first Democrat to win a seat on the board in a couple of decades. Gaspar is the chief financial officer and business manager for Doctors of Physical Therapy, which has six North County offices.

“I think the voters responded positively to my message of service over the last four years,” Roberts told City News Service.

— City News Service

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