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Incumbents hold onto supervisors seats: Election was first district-only race
June 04, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Don Horsley

Carole Groom

Two incumbent supervisors overwhelmingly held onto their seats in the county’s first election since voters changed the previous at-large system switched to one in which only voters of a specific district choose their representative.

Supervisor Carole Groom beat challenger Mark De Paula 75.8 percent to 24.2 percent and Supervisor Don Horsley beat challenger Michael Stogner 78.5 percent to 21.5 percent

“It makes me pretty happy,” Groom said. “I love the job and really enjoy the work.”

Groom, 69, represents District Two which includes the cities of San Mateo, Foster City and most of Belmont.

During the campaign, Groom said she was proud of her work readying the county for the Affordable Care Act and was seeking re-election to see through initiatives like the Big Lift reading effort and allocation of the Measure A sales tax revenue. She also prioritized children, parks and health care matters.

De Paula, a Vietnam-era veteran who is retired from the telecommunications and industrial coatings industries, ran on a platform of added transparency and said if he was elected he would have sought an annual audit of contracts, asked Sheriff Greg Munks to resign and would only have served one term.

De Paula, 58, called the race an “interesting experience” and said low voter turnout and the political machine was behind Groom’s win.

“Special interests got her in,” he said, citing the $6,600 he spent on his campaign compared to the tens of thousands of dollars in Groom’s war chest.

Horsley felt secure in his win at the ballot box based on his record but said it still feels “pretty gratifying” to see voters agree.

“You get a feel for a community and I felt pretty confident that people are happy with how District Three is represented,” Horsley said.

Horsley, who joined the board after retiring as county sheriff and serving on the Sequoia Healthcare District, represents District Three which includes Atherton, Half Moon Bay, San Carlos, Woodside, parts of Belmont and Menlo Park and a number of surrounding unincorporated areas.

The election was the second time Horsley, 70, squared off with Stogner, 63, for a supervisorial seat. Stogner has also ran unsuccessfully for other supervisor spots, too, always on a platform of added transparency and government accountability.

Stogner did not return a call for comment.

Horsley said he was also happy that Groom is also remaining on the Board of Supervisors.

“We really work together very well, hand in glove. She’s a great partner and friend and somebody I can run ideas off of,” Horsley said.

The June 3 ballot was the first since county voters changed the charter to require district-only rather than at-large elections for supervisors. The shift was meant to encourage more candidates and increase minority participation.

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