Spatafore drops out of SLO council race
May 7, 2013
Attorney John Spatafore withdrew from the race for the open San Luis Obispo City Council seat Monday, shortly after the Tribune endorsed one of his opponents, Carlyn Christianson. [KSBY]
Spatafore said he ended his candidacy because he believed he might splinter the vote.
With Spatafore no longer in the race to fill the seat vacated by Andrew Carter, Christianson is the only liberal leaning candidate remaining. Christianson, who currently serves as the county planning commissioner for Supervisor Adam Hill, also has the endorsements of the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party, Mayor Jan Marx and Councilman John Ashbaugh.
Three other candidates remain in the race.
Former councilman and current Guadalupe police officer, Paul Brown, has described himself as “a conservative voice” needed to restore balance on the council.
Los Angeles County firefighter Kevin Rice says he demands accountability for the use of revenue from Measure Y, the city’s half-cent sales tax, which will be up for renewal in 2014.
Local welder Donald Hedrick opposes the city’s “mean-spirited” approach to the homeless and its membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and says that he wants to challenge Marx to “an arm wrestling match” for the seat on the county Air Pollution Control District board.
The city will hold a vote-by-mail special election for the open seat on the council with a term that ends in 2014. The city clerk will begin mailing ballots on May 20, and voters must return them by June 18.