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Candidate reaches out with listening and speaking tour

SOLANA BEACH — Steve Danon, a candidate for the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, District 3 seat, continued his neighborhood listening and speaking tour throughout North County Saturday.

“What we’re doing is going to each community, just meeting with residents and voters and…a lot of the ideas that I have, have stemmed from these meetings,” Danon said.

Danon, a former chief of staff to County Supervisor Ron Roberts, has developed a campaign built around economic, government and fiscal reform and job creation.

Steve Danon, right, talks with voters in the Lomas Santa Fe shopping center in Solana Beach as part of his listening and speaking tour. Danon is running for the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, District 3 seat. Photo by Tony Cagala

“We’re seeing a lot of our businesses here locally leave San Diego because of a lot of the regulation.  When it takes five to seven years for people to get their permits at the Department of Planning and Land Use, they just don’t have the time,” Danon said.

“With one in 10 San Diegans out of work right now, our number one priority is to create a healthier business climate so we create business opportunity,” he added.

The District 3 seat oversees much of the North County coastal communities, including Encinitas, Leucadia, Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Pam Slater-Price, who’s held the seat for 20 years, announced earlier this year that she was not going to seek re-election.

With Slater-Price not running and only 90-days to the filing deadline, Danon remains the sole candidate in the race.

He believes that if any other candidate were to emerge for the seat it would be from someone attempting to buy the election. “This race isn’t for sale; the seat’s not for sale,” Danon said. “And I would encourage anybody who may be thinking about running to do exactly what we’re doing. Go out to each community, start talking with folks.”

Danon said his campaign has raised more than $100,000 so far, adding that they will be close to doubling that by the end of December.

The five-member Board of Supervisors handles budget matters, policy issues, legislative matters and planning and land use matters in the county.

In June 2010 voters approved Proposition B, which imposed term limits on newly-elected supervisors to two, four-year terms. The proposition does not apply to the four remaining supervisors, which include Greg Cox, who was elected in 1995; Dianne Jacob and Bill Horn, who are both serving their fifth term and Ron Roberts, who was elected in 1994.