Paso Councilman John Hamon to run for supervisor
April 30, 2015
Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon has announced his candidacy for the San Luis Obispo County supervisorial seat that 1st District Supervisor Frank Mecham is vacating.
Hamon is the first person to declare intent to run for the North County supervisorial seat that is up for election next year. The Paso Robles councilman describes himself as a conservative Republican.
Hamon’s campaign website states that he was the only member of the Paso Robles council to oppose recent increases to city employee pay packages. Rising city revenues should go first to public services and facility maintenance, not to increasing employee wages, he said.
Hamon was first elected to the council in 2006 and is now in his third term as a councilman. He represents Paso Robles on the regional boards for both the county air pollution control district and integrated waste management authority.
As a member of those boards, Hamon voted against both the APCD dust rule and the county plastic bag ban. Both initiatives passed, though they were highly contested.
The dust rule, which requires state parks to obtain a permit from the APCD in order to operate the Oceano Dunes riding area, is still being contested in court.
District 1 includes the city of Paso Robles, parts of Templeton and much of the northeastern section of the county. It is a conservative-leaning district.
Mehcam, who plans to retitre at the end of 2016, has held the seat since 2009 and did not face a challenger in his bid for reelection. Mecham is a Republican, but he has often voted with Democratic supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill, particularly on matters relating to North County water policy.