Extended filing periods attract new candidates
August 17, 2012
In South San Luis Obispo County, extended campaign filing periods have ended leaving several seats to the incumbents while a handful of contenders have mounted challenges.
In Arroyo Grande, no one stepped forward to unseat council members Jim Guthrie, Caren Ray or Mayor Tony Ferrara, so they will either run unopposed in the November election or the city could save as much as $20,000 by appointing the three incumbents.
In Pismo Beach, Mayor Shelly Higginbotham is running unopposed. Five candidates, incumbent Ed Waage, business owner Kevin Kreowski, retired airline supervisor Sheila Blake, Lucia Mar School Board member Erik Howell and property manager DJ White, will compete for two council seats.
In Grover Beach, Council Members Debbie Petterson and Phyllis Molnar are running for the mayor’s seat. Mayor John Shoals is precluded from seeking re-election because of term limits.
Five people are running for the two seats currently held by incumbents Karen Bright and Debbie Peterson. They include incumbent Karen Bright, current Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission member Jeff Lee, journeyman ironworker Louis Robles, author Anita Shower and court reporter and businesswoman Liz Doukas White.
Avila Beach Community Services District will also not need an election to determine its board as no one has challenged incumbents John Janowicz and Daniel Yoder.
The five candidates seeking seats on the Nipomo Community Services District board of directors are incumbent Ed Eby, business executive Craig Armstrong, former NCSD director Bob Blair and retiree Ernie Thompson.
In Oceano, incumbents Matthew Guerrero, Felma Hurdle and Mary Lucey are running unopposed for three seats. Former Oceano Community Services District Director Rick Searcy, who stepped down after being arrested for driving under the influence, is challenging his replacement, retired journalist Karen White.