Editor's note: Pacifica is in San Mateo County District 3, which is discussed in the article.
SAN MATEO COUNTY — Dealing with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, building a new jail and meeting the increased need for health care are among issues facing San Mateo County as candidates for the Board of Supervisors gear up for the June 8 election.
Of the five board seats, only District 3 will be open without an incumbent. Supervisor Rich Gordon, the current representative for that district, is termed out. Five candidates have filed to run for the post, with one already intending to drop out.
The other seat up for re-election is District 2,and the current holder, Supervisor Carole Groom, is currently unchallenged.
Although the filing period for candidates does not officially begin until Feb. 8, several candidates have already announced their intention to run, according to county Elections Manager David Tom.
In San Mateo County, candidates represent the residents and interests of one of five geographic districts, but run countywide in at-large elections.
District 3 covers much of the unincorporated area of San Mateo County along the coast, as well as Redwood Shores, Atherton, Menlo Park and San Carlos. District 2 includes Belmont, San Mateo and Foster City.
Former San Mateo County Sheriff Don Horsley, the most recognizable candidate seeking the District 3 seat, has started strong with his campaign.
Horsley had collected $121,000 in donations by the most recent campaign finance filing deadline in September.
His financial supporters include San Mateo County Undersheriff Carlos Balanos, former Redwood City Mayor Brenton Britschgi and San Mateo County Chief Deputy Coroner Jerry Cohn.
The Emerald Hills resident also has received key endorsements from elected officials, including Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Assemblyman Jerry Hill and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo.
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