Race for open SLO council seat set
April 1, 2013
The filing period for the vote by mail special election concluded March 22. The city of San Luis Obispo will begin mailing ballots on May 20, and voters will have until June 18 to return their ballots.
The five candidates include a former councilman, a county planning commissioner, a welder, a firefighter and an attorney.
Former councilman and current Guadalupe police officer Paul Brown is trying to reclaim a seat on the council after a more than four-year absence. Brown, the founder and longtime owner and operator of Mother’s Tavern in downtown San Luis Obispo, narrowly lost the 2010 mayoral election to Jan Marx.
Carlyn Christianson is the current San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioner for Supervisor Adam Hill. Christianson is also a current member of the city land use task force, as well as a former city planning commissioner.
Don Hedrick, a three-time mayoral candidate is running for the position of councilmember for the first time. Hedrick is a local welder, who has lived in San Luis Obispo since 1964.
Kevin Rice is a Los Angeles County firefighter, yet a 20-year resident of San Luis Obispo. Rice ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in November.
John Spatafore is a local attorney who operates a San Luis Obispo law firm. Spatafore previously served as a board member of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
The third place finisher in the November council election, Jeff Aranguena, filed a statement of intent to run, but dropped out of the race last month. Aranguena issued a press release saying he withdrew from the race because Cal Poly had accepted him into a graduate program, but school officials said they had yet to accept anyone into the program.
Owner of Spikes Pub Andrea Miller also filed a statement of intent, but did not enter the race.
A fifth member of the council will join the current four by no later than July 16.