Supervisor Mecham not seeking re-election in 2016
Arnold, Hill to seek another term
It’s a little more than a year away from the primary election, during which San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors District seats first, third and fifth will be up for grabs. First District Supervisor Frank Mecham said he will not seek re-election in 2016.
“I said when I took the office if people wanted me there for there for two terms, I’d stay for two terms and that’s it,” Mecham said. Mecham was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008 after serving the city for many years. He started by serving on the Paso Robles Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and on the Paso Robles Planning Commission. He was elected to the Paso Robles City Council in 1998. In 2000, he was elected mayor and served four two-year terms until he was elected to the board of supervisors.
“I have a lot of plans for after this, but none of them have to do with politics,” Mecham said about what he plans to do when his term ends at the end of 2016.
Fifth District Supervisor Debbie Arnold said she plans to run for re-election, according to a report in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Third District Supervisor Adam Hill will also run for another term. Former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson is expected to challenge Hill. The two may be joined by San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter, who said he is considering running for the seat.
On the state level, termed-out State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-Arroyo Grande) will run for California State Senate, according to the report. That seat is currently held by Bill Monning, a democrat. In February, Templeton Unified School District Trustee Jordan Cunningham, a Republican, announced his intend to run for State Assembly.
Democrat Heidi Harmon, who lost her bid for the seat in 2014, is expected to run for the California State Assembly.
The state and county seats up for election will be on the primary ballot in June 2016. If one candidate gets more than 51 percent of the vote, he or she wins the seat; if not, the top two vote-getters will go on to the Presidential election in November 2016.
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