Arroyo Grande broker running for supervisor
January 8, 2014
Arroyo Grande real estate broker Mike Byrd announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the District 4 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat.
Byrd applied for the vacant District 4 seat following the death of Supervisor Paul Teixeira last June, but Governor Jerry Brown appointed then Arroyo Grande councilwoman Caren Ray.
Ray, a Democrat, is now seeking election to the seat, as is Nipomo businesswoman Lynn Comptom, a Republican.
Byrd said in a press release he plans to bring a non-partisan voice to the board of supervisors.
“We’re going up against some very powerful interests with a great deal of money, but voters here deserve a choice, an independent, non-partisan voice in the tradition of supervisors Katcho Achadjian and Paul Teixeira,” Byrd said. “There are simply too many important issues at stake that need to be addressed thoughtfully and not through the prism of partisanship.”
District 4 includes Nipomo, Oceano and parts of Arroyo Grande. It historically votes conservatively.
A primary election for the seat will take place in June. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off election will take place in November.