Candidates finalized for June primary
March 13, 2014
The filing period has closed, and the list of candidates for the June 3 primary election is complete. No new names surfaced in the last week despite election officials extending some of the deadlines.
Two supervisorial seats are up for grabs, with incumbent Bruce Gibson running to claim a third term in District 2 and recently appointed Caren Ray running for the first time in District 4. Community Services District Director Muril Clift is challenging Gibson. Ray has two opponents — Nipomo businesswoman Lynn Compton and Arroyo Grande broker Mike Byrd.
Three county offices will have new faces next year. District Attorney Gerry Shea, County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald and County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker each announced they would not seek reelection after long stints in their positions.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello and Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow are vying to replace Shea. Assistant Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong, Deputy Clerk-Recorder Amanda King and Caltrans Business Management District Chief Ann Danko are running for Rodewald’s seat. Cayucos Elementary School District Superintendent Jim Brescia is running opposed to replace Crocker.
County Assessor Tom Bordonaro, Auditor-Controller Jim Erb and Sheriff Ian Parkinson are also running unopposed for their respective seats.
Morro Bay is the only city in San Luis Obispo County that holds a primary. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Jamie Irons is running for reelection against former councilwoman Carla Wixom.
Three candidates, including incumbent Nancy Johnson, are running for two council seats. High School English teacher Matt Makowetski and Morro Bay pharmacy owner John Heading are the other candidates.
Councilman George Leage chose not to run for reelection.
Candidates who receive a majority of the vote in the primary will have won their offices outright. Races in which no candidates receives a majority will conclude with runoff elections in November.