Who will be the new county sheriff?
June 27, 2010
An impressive primary performance by Ian Parkinson underscores the challenge facing runner-up Joe Cortez as the two face off in the general election to decide who will be the next San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. [Tribune]
Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, won all but five of the 137 precincts in the county, including Pismo Beach, where Cortez served as police chief for seven years.
Cortez outgunned Parkinson in only five precincts; three in Pismo Beach and two in Arroyo Grande.
Parkinson finished with 41 percent of the vote in the June 8 primary. Cortez had 18 percent, followed closely by former county supervisor Jerry Lenthall with 17 percent. Cortez beat Lenthall by 1,011 votes.
Cortez lost to Parkinson in San Luis Obispo by 3,468 votes and by 2,033 votes in Paso Robles. Campaign records show that Parkinson outspent Cortez by more than 2 to 1.
Observers are watching to see who Lenthall, along with the other candidates–Ben Hall, Mark Adams, and Mike Teixeira–will endorse. Lenthall has said he will meet with both candidates before making a decision.