Cities submit names for 22nd DAA board appointments

DEL MAR — In a continuing effort to secure better representation on the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, City Council agreed at the April 2 meeting to submit a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office recommending five candidates, including Del Mar residents Wayne Dernetz and David DrukerDernetz, who has been interviewed once for the position, is an attorney and former Del Mar city manager. Druker is a former City Council member who was elected in 1996. He served 151 consecutive months, including three times as mayor, before stepping down in 2008.

There are currently two vacancies on the nine-member board that governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The terms of three other directors, including President Adam Day, have expired, meaning there could be five new faces on the board when the governor announces his appointments, possibly this month or next.

Officials in Del Mar, where the approximately 400-acre site is located, and Solana Beach, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds, have agreed to support each other’s recommendations for board appointments.

In its letter, Del Mar also will support Solana Beach’s preferred candidate, Jack Hegenauer, a former University of California San Diego biochemistry professor and current member of the city’s Clean and Green Committee.

Hegenauer has been interviewed three times by the governor’s office for a position on the board.

In recommending regional representatives, both cities are supporting Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth. Del Mar added Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who has also been through three interviews.

Del Mar Councilman Mark Filanc said he was somewhat concerned that submitting the names of two city residents rather than one would “dilute” the possibility of either one being appointed.

“I think it just increase our odds,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said.

“I just want to get the candidate with the highest probability of success,” Mayor Carl Hilliard said.

“We need somebody from the city of Del Mar to represent Del Mar’s interest,” Filanc said.

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