One day before the filing deadline for June’s San Diego County elections, 16-year Republican incumbent Ron Roberts might have another challenger.

Stephen Whitburn, a Democrat and 2008 candidate for San Diego City Council, is making an announcement this evening regarding the race.

“We’re going to be saying everything we know about that race at that time,” Whitburn said in an interview this morning.

“I don’t want to scoop my own news conference, which I’m sure you can understand,” he added.

City Councilman Todd Gloria defeated Whitburn decisively in November 2008. Whitburn’s highest-profile supporter in that race was longtime City Councilwoman Donna Frye. Frye mulled running against Roberts for months — Whitburn started a Facebook page to try to push her in the race — but Frye declined.

Roberts currently is facing a San Diego Unified school board member Shelia Jackson for the seat, which represents San Diego’s urban core. Roberts had more than $100,000 on hand as of the last filing deadline.


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