In 2020, San Diego residents will be electing three new representatives to the County Board of Supervisors.

Residents of District 1, which covers the South Bay area, will be picking a new supervisor for the first time in two decades. Four Democrats are vying to replace Supervisor Greg Cox: Rafael Castellanos, an attorney and Port of San Diego commissioner; state Sen. Ben Hueso; Sophia Rodriguez, an employee at the county’s Health and Human Services Agency; and Nora Vargas, a Southwestern Community College trustee.

In East County, the District 2 race features Democrat Kenya Taylor, and Republicans Steve Vaus, the mayor of Poway, and former state Sen. Joel Anderson.

Residents in District 3 — which covers parts of North County — will also be choosing between three candidates: incumbent Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, and two Democrats vying to replace her, Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer.

While the outcome of those races will determine the partisan makeup of the board, not everyone is well-versed on what a supervisor’s role even is. For this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia break it down.

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