O’Malley decides not to run for county supervisor
August 25, 2011
Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley will not be running for county supervisor in 2012.
O’Malley made the announcement Tuesday during an interview on a Paso Robles radio station. He indicated that family issues would keep him from challenging 5th District supervisor Jim Patterson, who is seeking a third term on the board.
O’Malley had been expected to mount a serious challenge to Patterson in a district where election results have been consistently razor-thin. However, critics of O’Malley have suggested that the mayor could be damaged politically by the on-going federal investigation into Atascadero politics.
The focus now shifts to North County rancher Debbie Arnold, who narrowly lost to Patterson in 2008. Arnold had previously announced that she would not be a candidate for office in 2012, but observers expect Arnold will be encouraged to reconsider her decision.