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San Diego County supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond easily win re-election

With nearly all ballots tallied, incumbent San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond have won re-election by wide margins over their opponents.

Election results released Friday show Fletcher leading ReOpen San Diego founder Amy Reichert by nearly 30 percentage points and Desmond leading challenger Tiffany-Boyd Hodgson by about 20 points.

The election results will be certified by Dec. 8.

Fletcher, 45, a Democrat, was elected to the fifth district in central San Diego in 2018 after having served in the state Assembly as a Republican and is now serving his second year as chair.

After the pandemic began in March 2020, he led the county’s COVID-19 response, along with efforts to modernize mental health care. Reichert, 54, a Republican and marketing specialist, co-founded ReOpen San Diego, a group that coordinated protests against COVID-19 closures and mask and vaccine mandates.

As supervisor for the fifth district in North County, Desmond, 66, a former commercial airline pilot and mayor of San Marcos, has pushed for stronger enforcement on fentanyl trafficking and against placement of sexually violent predators in unincorporated areas.

His challenger Boyd-Hodgson, 50, is a Vallecitos Water District Board member and neuroscientist who said she planned to address public health, homelessness and other issues.

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