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Barely done defending his seat in 2010, county supervisor Ron Roberts spent the first six months of this year raising money for a re-election bid three years hence, according to a recent disclosure filing for his new committee, Ron Roberts for Supervisor 2014.

Though forced into a November runoff, Republican Roberts handily beat Democrat Steve Whitburn for a fifth term in 2010.

In June 2010, County voters approved term limits for supervisors by an overwhelming vote of 68.9 percent, but the two term limit doesn't apply retroactively, allowing incumbent Roberts to seek an additional two terms of four years each if he can convince voters to re-elect him.

Until earlier this month, it looked like supervisors would adopt a county-wide redistricting plan widely viewed as bolstering Roberts's traditional base of mainstream Republican support. But protests by the American Civil Liberties Union and others, including former San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre, about the legality of the mapping process led the board to delay the plan's adoption.

A revised version of the county maps is now due to be heard by the supervisors on September 6.

When and wherever he runs, it appears Roberts has a head start on building a well-greased re-election machine. Through the end of June, he raised a total of $6,500, paying Rancho Santa Fe-based fundraiser Dorsee Productions $1500 and San Francisco's Sutton Law Firm, a campaign and political law specialist, $1,681.

For the bulk of his contributions, according to the filing, Roberts turned to David Du, chief executive officer of North County's DDH Enterprise, who gave $500. DDH's CEO Mike Sweeney also gave $500, as did Jason Zhi Chen, DDH's human resources executive; Jenny Tuyet Du, the company controller; and president Danny K. Du. DDH director Hanh Du also gave $500; production manager Co Kien Du gave $250. Linda Sweeney gave $500. James Nguyen, Dutek production supervisor, gave $250.

Sally Tsui Wong-Avery, principal at the Chinese School-San Diego, gave $500, as did Juan A. Chong, retired, and Abraham To, a social worker with the county.

Ted Roth of Rancho Santa Fe, the investment banker and managing director of Roth Capital Partners also kicked in $500.

According to its website: "DDH Enterprise is a privately held corporation owned and operated by the Du family. Incorporated in 1988, DDH began servicing local clients in the manufacturing of cables and wire harnesses in a small facility in Vista, CA.

"In 1996 DDH moved into the current facility at 2220 oak Ridge Way in Vista. In 1999, the Du family incorporated Dutek, a printed circuit board assembly house also in Vista, CA."

"DDH also opened a cable/wire harness assembly facility in Xiamen and a PC board assembly company in Beijing, China," according to the website of the Confucius Institute at SDSU, where David Du serves on the advisory board. "He was the only one in San Diego personally invited by [the] Chinese Government to attend the 2008 Beijing Olympics closure ceremony."

During last year's campaign, Roberts, who is also member of the Confucius Institute's advisory board, was attacked by Whitburn for taking six Chinese trade trips paid for by the San Diego World Trade Center, partially subsidized by county money approved by Roberts.

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Visduh Aug. 11, 2011 @ 10:19 a.m.

Are any of these supervisors going to go gracefully and voluntarily? Roberts has been either a council member or supervisor since the 80's by my count. While the county has not been as mismanaged and mal-governed as the city of San Diego in recent years, it has not been a model for other counties in the state and nation. I'd like to see all five of those supervisors relinquish their seats as they finish their terms and ride off into the sunset in a blaze of not glory, but mediocrity.


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