Ed Waage considering supervisor race against Adam Hill
September 15, 2011
By KAREN VELIE
Pismo Beach City Councilman Ed Waage is “seriously considering” challenging incumbent District 3 county supervisor Adam Hill in 2012.
Waage discussed the possibility of entering the race Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CalCoastNews.
“I believe there is a role for government, but there should not be too much government, and government should be accountable,” Waage said when asked about his views and added that he would discuss county issues after and if he declares his candidacy.
District 3 includes a large portion of San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and Grover Beach. Hill, a former Cal Poly English instructor, defeated incumbent Jerry Lenthall in 2008 to claim the seat.
A graduate of the University of Washington, with a Ph.D. in chemistry, Waage taught chemistry at Illinois State University and later headed up the State of Illinois Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness program and the Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response program.
In 1981, he joined PG&E to support emergency preparedness efforts at Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Waage retired from PG&E in 2000.
For one year, he came out of retirement to work at the International Atomic Energy Agency (a United Nations agency based in Vienna, Austria) in 2005 which is the year the IAEA received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Waage served four years on the Pismo Beach Planning Commission before being elected to the Pismo Beach City Council in 2008.
If Waage does ultimately enter the race, he will be the first formal challenger to Hill, who has already announced his re-election bid. Grover Beach mayor John Shoals decided earlier in the year not to run.
Waage provided no timetable for his final decision.