Supervisor Frank Mecham running for re-election

September 21, 2011

Frank Mecham

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham announced he intends to pursue a second term on the board in a press release on Tuesday.

“I am honored and privileged to serve San Luis Obispo County and the folks of the First District,” Mecham said in the release.

A former mayor of Paso Robles, Mecham was first elected to represent the First District, which includes Templeton, Paso Robles, San Miguel, Shandon, and the Nacimiento and Oak Shore areas, in 2008.

At this time, no one has announced plans to run against Mecham.

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The few times I have sat in a Board of Supervisors meeting, I have really liked what I heard from Supervisor Meecham. Who would’ve thought I could feel “warm and fuzzy” about a bureaucrat that used to work in law enforcement….The guy is either the smoothest talking investigator on the planet, or a genuinely good man! He has publicly urged more transparency when the county issues requests for proposals to bid on a contract, and has stated that he wants to make sure the county follows its statutory duty to seek out, accept and award contracts to small businesses, minorities, and women when they are just as qualified to compete for the contract as larger, or better recognized contractors.

I have heard him speak in favor of environmental projects that promote “green” energy. And I have also heard him use caution when making changes to the County’s General Plan and Land Use Element that could impose more regulations on homeowners as first-time homebuilders.

I hope he does not give in to dark side of the political process, and maintains a consistent policy which is both ethical and practical, and which remains inclusive of all cultures and economic classes. He does seem to be doing this, and I will be watching him to see if he will go the distance. I’m betting on this horse to win.

Frank has my unsolicited vote.