Dan Carpenter announces bid for SLO County supervisor seat

March 20, 2015
Dan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter

San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter announced Friday his candidacy for the San Luis Obispo County supervisor seat currently held by Adam Hill.

Earlier this week, Carpenter filed papers required to start campaigning. Carpenter joins former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson and Hill in a race for the District 3 seat. The district includes a portion of San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and Grover Beach.

Carpenter has served on the San Luis Obispo City Council since he was first elected in 2010. Prior to joining the city council, he was a member of the city’s planning commission and cultural heritage committee.

“One thing I’ve learned in my tenure on council is how important an independent, pragmatic, common sense approach is in local governance,” Carpenter said. “I will bring that to a board that has a recent history of partisan polarization and ideological agendas.”

Carpenter plans to develop his platform in the coming weeks utilizing voter input and his experience in land use planning.

“I think change is needed and I believe it’s my time” Carpenter said, “New ideas and a fresh approach to civility are desperately needed to ensure the residents of our county are not only heard, but respected”

The primary election will be held on June 7, 2016. For more information you can call Carpenter at (805)704-8567 or email him at dlcslo@aol.com.

Mike Byrd

I’m pleased that he decided to enter the race. It creates a very interesting campaign dynamic. Peterson and Hill are both Democrats in a Democratic-leaning district. Peterson and Carpenter are both bright independent thinkers who relish learning by encouraging expression of differing viewpoints. At this point I’ll put my money on Peterson to be the most electable in the 3rd district. The district and the entire county will benefit immeasurably with her representation. And though it really shouldn’t matter, I kind of like the idea of having women running the county for a change.


This is definitely great news. Carpenter would make a great supervisor — better than Peterson and far, far better than SLO’s own Boss Hog.

It will be interesting to see if the Tribune continues to play the game of mouthpiece for the Democratic Central Committee. While the Tribune’s voice means a great deal less these days, the DCC will be in an absolute frenzy to get Hill reelected and it will be interesting to see if the Tribune once again takes a heavily biased position in this election.

It will also be interesting to see if Carpenter can raise enough money to be competitive with developer-backed Hill? One thing is for sure, Hill needs to be totally exposed for what he is during this election.

Good luck Mr. Carpenter!

Kevin Rice

It would be fun to see women get a majority of the Board for the first time. Debbie really cares about transparency and hearing from opposing voices. She opened public comment during at least one city workshop where it wasn’t necessary and both staff and council opposed it because they didn’t want to hear opposition.

Both Debbie and Dan are independent thinkers and don’t play along with insider agendas. That’s what got Debbie ousted off APCD by Hill and her council. They don’t go along to get along. They vote their conscience.


I simply won’t vote for a candidate based on their sex. I’m compelled to vote for the candidate that I believe will best serve the community they represent. In this case that would be Dan Carpenter.

Kevin Rice

I won’t either, but it would be fun. Either would be a welcome change, and I’m happy there are multiple contenders to create discussion, and happy you support change.


What does “fun” mean in this context? Voting for my second choice because of their sex? Sorry, but not thanks. I’m voting (in my opinion) for the best person for the job.

Kevin Rice

C’mon. Don’t be the guy looking for a fight. It would be “fun” to see the men in the minority. Don’t try to parse things deeper than they were offered.


I would be happy to see either of these candidates win, I just hope this doesn’t result in Adam Hill’s re-election as Peterson and Carpenter split the anti-Hill vote.

Kevin Rice

That’s what primary elections are for. Maybe Hill becomes the primary loser and Debbie and Dan duke it out in November?


If that should happen does anyone have any kind of an idea how the A hill would act from

then till the end of his term,it would be mandatory for the guys with white coats to be at each and evry meeting to contain him.

Kevin Rice

Popcorn and rotten fruit mandatory.


“The district includes a portion of San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and Grover Beach.”

It also includes a portion of Arroyo Grande.

Stop forgetting to mention that!

Kevin Rice

Unincorporated rural A.G.—not within city limits, only a postal code. So it’s arguable. I don’t think there’s any disrespect there.

debbie peterson

Fair enough, AJ. There’s a good deal of rural Arroyo Grande 93420 in District 3 – north of Noyes, east of Lateena in a line to Lopez and then north of Lopez and west of Orcutt.

You can see it on an interactive map at http://www.sloplanning.org/PermitView/MapSearch Select the drop down menu under ‘Layers’ and check these boxes: Open Street Map, Boundaries & Land Use, Boundaries, and Supervisor Districts.

Also in District 3: Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Avila Beach, Edna Valley, and SLO south of Los Osos Valley Road, southwest of Prefumo Cyn, southeast of Madonna and Marsh and southwest of Orcutt.


Go Dan!

Go Debbie!

Elevate the debate!


I like this quote, “…a fresh approach to civility…desperately needed…”

That really is the number one issue when it comes to how Hill measures up. He is an angry man and has repeatedly shown contempt for those he represents. He has lost chair posts because of his outburst history. One apology is followed by another to the point that they are meaningless. Hill is an embarrassment, and more importantly, he is not suited to be a public servant.

Rich in MB

Hill Vs Carpenter….

Bombastic blow hard vs Soft spoken thinker

While, I don’t agree with Dan on all the issues, I respect him and how he approaches the issues.

His style of leadership (actually listening to his voters) would bring a breath of fresh air to the County Board.


This guy is the one politician in SLO who I don’t think should be water boarded..

You’ve got my vote Dan (if I hadn’t of stopped voting).


District 3 would be very lucky to have Dan Carpenter as their supervisor.

Good luck Dan!


But can the city of SLO afford to lose him?, I guess it is possible for it sink even lower. Czar Marx might even help Dan get elected so she can handpick his replacement.


Surrounded by worthless commies on the SLO Council, he’s stymied in SLO. I think he really wants to do more good in the community and that’s going to take another elected office.

Oh yeah, and it’s the Democratic Central Committee that does the handpicking.


Good point but let’s think of the “greater good” for SLO County. Dan Carpenter (or Debbie Peterson) as Dist 3 supervisor is a good thing.

The City of SLO is somewhat of a lost cause anyway. The voters keep returning Marx, Asbaugh, and their ilk so you have to assume that the majority is OK with the status quo.

Come to think of it, maybe the City would like to swap Carpenter for A.Hill?? Sounds like a win win to me.


I have no sympathy for the voters of SLO.

They have chosen their elected officials,

but more importantly have chosen not to replace them.

Dan is all but wasting his time on the council in SLO.

If the residents there want to continue with their continual move towards the tax me, fine me, regulate me to death ways of Marx, Christianson, etc, then so be it.

SLO’s loss (although many wouldn’t see it that way) will be District 3’s gain if Dan were to prevail.