Updates on the Pismo Beach and Paso Robles races

November 7, 2014
Mayor Shelly Higginbotham

Mayor Shelly Higginbotham

After counting late ballots on Thursday, several candidates for Pismo Beach and Paso Robles council seats moved ahead of their challengers. However, several races are still too close to call.

Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham went from a 15 vote lead to a 21 vote lead against her challenger Kevin Kreowski.

Sheila Blake continues to hold a strong lead in the four-person battle for two seats on the Pismo Beach Council. Incumbent Mary Ann Reiss and Marcia Guthrie were tied after Tuesday’s election. Now Reiss lead by 12 votes.

Guthrie has a 15 vote lead over incumbent Kris Vardas. There are 483 more Pismo Beach ballots to be counted.

Five candidates are attempting to land one of two seats on the Paso Robles Council. Incumbent John Hamon leads the pack by a healthy margin.

The next three candidates are separated by only 11 votes. Jim Reed leads, Pam Avila is next followed by Mayor Duane Picanco. There are currently 1,360 uncounted Paso Robles ballots.

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk Record’s Office announced plans to have the remaining vote by mail ballots counted by 5 p.m. Friday.

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Proud of Jim Reed! A winner, for sure.

Ditto Danika! A man of great character and conviction has emerged as the front runner for the second city council seat but the intrigue continues. Lots of lip service has been made on behalf of how the appointed third seat will be handled. This will sure be interesting to see how it plays out as that seat and whoever fills it could very well determine which direction the new city council goes moving forward after the election. We know where Jim Reed stands, he made that very clear during the campaign. The wild card in all of this could very be Fred Strong who has largely remained silent during the campaign process. I bet a lot midnight oil is burning at city hall as a lot of careers could very well hang in the balance.