Election day: the races to watch
November 4, 2014
By KAREN VELIE
San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson are not on today’s ballot, but their leadership style could lead to a switch from a liberal board to a conservative one.
Supervisors Gibson, Hill and Caren Ray comprise a liberal majority. If supervisor candidate Lynn Compton, who won the June primary by more than six percent, unseats Ray, the board majority will switch to conservative.
In California, the numbers of registered Republicans has been falling substantially for more than eight years while Democratic numbers remain steady. Amid allegations of Hill and Gibson bullying and stifling public comment, in San Luis Obispo County the opposite is true with the number of registered Democrats falling.
In another close race, recent polls show Rep. Lois Capps in a close race with her Republican challenger Chris Mitchum. Capps has easily held the seat for 16 years.
However, because of redistricting, Capps alleged coverup of a fatal DUI and her close ties to Gibson and Hill, Capps’ Congressional seat is no longer a sure-fire win.
In response to the recent polls, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently purchased $99,000 in radio ads that attack challenger Chris Mitchum.
Amid allegations he constructed a coverup and has used public services for his personal needs, conservative Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferarra is battling a last-minute challenger, Jim Hill. Critics of Ferrara asked Hill, the former president of the Oceano Community Services District, to run as a write-in candidate.
Nevertheless, it is highly unusual for a write-in candidate to unseat an incumbent.
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