I'm proud to have fought for my country and I'm honored to serve you today as your San Diego County Supervisor.
I know San Diego, especially North San Diego County. This was where I was born, this was where I went to school, and now I am dedicated to serving the County of San Diego.
Unlike many elected officials, I didn’t want to get into politics. As a North County businessman and avocado and citrus rancher, I was appalled at local government’s fiscal irresponsibility and refusal to defend individual property rights and protect young people.
In 1992, displeased with the Escondido Union High School District Board, I threw my rancher’s hat into the political ring and was elected to the Board. When I found County government unresponsive to constituent needs, I ran for County Supervisor and was elected in 1995 to represent the Fifth District (North County), an area that spans nearly 1,800 square miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Imperial County.
When I took office, the County of San Diego was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1997, as Board Chairman, I was the motivating force in selling the costly County trash system for $184 million and keeping the county from bankruptcy. That money was re-invested and will bring the County $30 million a year until 2021. Today the County has earned a national reputation as one of the best managed and fiscally secure Counties in America.
I was elected to a fourth term in 2006 and three times have been named Chairman. I serve on more than 25 committees in San Diego County, including housing, health, land use, water conservation and quality, public safety, disaster preparedness, economic development, education, and transportation.
I am a resident of Valley Center where I live with my wife, Kathy. I enjoy skiing, model trains, and restoring antique automobiles.