San Diego County

Board of Supervisors, 5th District

Jim Desmond

Jim Desmond

Republican | Birthdate: May 05, 1955 (Age 69)

Supervisor, San Diego County
District Analysis
District map

San Diego County's Board of Supervisors District 5 is a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural landscapes, stretching across the northern and eastern parts of the county. The district includes the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, and Oceanside, each adding distinct elements to its diverse character.

Escondido, nestled in a long valley in the northwestern part of the district, is known for its vibrant arts scene and historical richness. San Marcos, a hub of higher education with institutions like California State University San Marcos, adds an educational and youthful vibrancy. Vista offers a blend of cultural diversity and community-oriented living, while Oceanside, with its beautiful coastline and military presence, brings coastal charm and economic diversity.

Beyond these cities, District 5 stretches into vast rural and unincorporated areas, showcasing the county's diverse geography. It encompasses communities such as Bonsall, Borrego Springs, and Fallbrook, known for their agricultural lands and open spaces. These areas offer a contrast to the urban centers, with a focus on outdoor activities, farming, and a quieter way of life.

The district's eastern regions, including the North Mountain and Desert areas, highlight its expansive natural landscapes, from mountainous terrains to desert environments. These regions are home to communities like Pala-Pauma and Palomar Mountain, which contribute to the district's rural character and indigenous cultural heritage.

The district's boundaries also trace along the southern borders of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, and Oceanside, before turning northwest to the county border. This layout encompasses a mix of suburban neighborhoods and business centers, contributing to the district's economic and demographic diversity.

Overall, District 5 represents a microcosm of San Diego County's broader landscape, combining bustling urban centers, growing suburban communities, and expansive rural areas. This diversity encapsulates a range of lifestyles, from coastal living and urban bustle to rural tranquility and natural beauty, making it a distinct and integral part of the region.

380,258 Registered Voters as of 04/02/24 D +4.27%
139,950 Voters
123,716 Voters
116,592 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 48.49% Dahle - 51.51% R +3.0%
2020 Presidential Biden - 53.3% Trump - 44.2% D +9.10%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 49.0% Cox - 51.0% R +2.00%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 47.6% Trump - 46.0% D +1.60%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
688,347 43.3% 40.9% 4.5% 9.6% 4.1% 1.3%

2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Jim Desmond (R) 110,529 60.11%
Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson (D) 73,353 39.89%
2018 General Election Results (November 6, 2018)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Jim Desmond (R) 112,267 56.33%
Michelle Gomez (D) 87,046 43.67%
2018 Primary Election Results (June 5, 2018)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Jim Desmond (R) 58,417 45.16%
Michelle Gomez (D) 29,662 22.93%
Jerry Kern (R) 24,804 19.17%
Jacqueline Arsivaud (D) 16,482 12.74%