Extended filing periods attract new candidates

August 17, 2012

In South San Luis Obispo County, extended campaign filing periods have ended leaving several seats to the incumbents while a handful of contenders have mounted challenges.

In Arroyo Grande, no one stepped forward to unseat council members Jim Guthrie, Caren Ray or Mayor Tony Ferrara, so they will either run unopposed in the November election or the city could save as much as $20,000 by appointing the three incumbents.

In Pismo Beach, Mayor Shelly Higginbotham is running unopposed. Five candidates, incumbent Ed Waage, business owner Kevin Kreowski, retired airline supervisor Sheila Blake, Lucia Mar School Board member Erik Howell and property manager DJ White, will compete for two council seats.

In Grover Beach, Council Members Debbie Petterson and Phyllis Molnar are running for the mayor’s seat. Mayor John Shoals is precluded from seeking re-election because of term limits.

Five people are running for the two seats currently held by incumbents Karen Bright and Debbie Peterson. They include incumbent Karen Bright, current Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission member Jeff Lee, journeyman ironworker Louis Robles, author Anita Shower and court reporter and businesswoman Liz Doukas White.

Avila Beach Community Services District will also not need an election to determine its board as no one has challenged incumbents John Janowicz and Daniel Yoder.

The five candidates seeking seats on the Nipomo Community Services District board of directors are incumbent Ed Eby, business executive Craig Armstrong, former NCSD director Bob Blair and retiree Ernie Thompson.

In Oceano, incumbents Matthew Guerrero, Felma Hurdle and Mary Lucey are running unopposed for three seats. Former Oceano Community Services District Director Rick Searcy, who stepped down after being arrested for driving under the influence, is challenging his replacement, retired journalist Karen White.

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I still have faith in my community that Grover Beach residents will dust off their well earned voter apathy and keep Liz Doukas from the council. This woman lacks the ability to get along with her neighbors, must less represent the community. When her threatening letters (“don’t park your car on the public street in front of my house”) don’t work, she files frivilous lawsuits and often cross files against the City….talk about pissing away our tax dollars. A judge even scolded her for her BS litigation. She is the last thing Grover Beach needs, the City needs someone who has solutions to issues rather than complaining, someone who can live peacefully in her own neighborhood. I know others have crossed paths with her vindictive character and will do everything they can to keep her from this office.

“Mayor John Shoals is precluded from seeking re-election because of term limits”

Finally terms limits that are doing some good, Grover Beach may have a chance now