Nipomo businesswoman running for supervisor
October 10, 2013
Nipomo resident and co-owner of an agricultural supply business, Lynn Compton, will run for the recently filled District 4 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat.
Compton, who has operated Valley Farm Supply for the past 15 years, applied for the vacant District 4 seat following the June death of Supervisor Paul Teixeira. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown appointed former Arroyo Grande Councilwoman Caren Ray to fill the seat.
The district, which includes Nipomo, Oceano and parts of Arroyo Grande, historically votes conservatively. District 4 constituents elected current Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian prior to electing the Republican Teixeira.
But, Brown appointed the liberal-leaning Ray, who has already cast a key vote to extend an ordinance restricting water usage in the North County.
“We all know the governor has handpicked my opponent in this race,” Compton said in a campaign kickoff speech Thursday. “It is imperative that our next county supervisor be chosen and supported by us, the community, and not appointed by Sacramento politicians who continue to adopt burdensome regulations and unreasonable policies that drive our local businesses and job opportunities elsewhere.”
Compton, who has both agri-business and law degrees, said she is running on a pro-small business platform.
Despite the recent appointment of Ray, a primary election for the District 4 seat will take place in June 2014. Ray’s term ends in January 2015.
Ray has not yet announced whether she plans to mount a campaign to keep the seat, but she is widely expected to do so. Compton is the first candidate to publicly announce her campaign for the supervisorial seat.