Would-be supervisor list is growing
July 30, 2013
At least six people reportedly seek a gubernatorial appointment to replace the late 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira, including former Arroyo Grande mayor Mark Millis and — according to numerous sources — Teixeira’s administrative assistant, Debbie Geaslen.
Geaslen’s husband, Tom, recently was fired for cause from his position of general manager of the Oceano Community Services District following the disappearance of $36,000 in district funds.
Also in the mix are Patricia Duron, an historian, master gardener, and commissioner for the status for women in San Luis Obispo County; Realtor Michael Byrd; and Arroyo Grande council member Caren Ray. Ruth Brackett, who held the 4th District post previously, is said by associates to be competing as well.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment will serve out the remainder of Teixeira’s term, until January 2015, and would need to run for election to keep the job for another four years.
Teixeira died in June of a heart attack during his first term.
Some of the applicants have been interviewed by phone by a Brown assistant, the first step in what will be a thorough vetting process. In the end, several candidates will be invited to Sacramento to meet with Brown’s appointment secretary, Mona Pasquil.