Paso Robles mayor running for supervisor
May 6, 2015
Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin has announced he is seeking to fill the seat that San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham is vacating.
Martin, a Democrat, is the second candidate to enter the race for the 1st District seat. Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon, a Republican, announced his candidacy last week.
Last year, Martin ran unopposed for the mayoral seat. He was elected to a four-year term on the council in 2012.
Previously, Martin served on the Paso Robles council from 1987 through 1996, and he was mayor for two of those years. Martin is a marketing professional with a background in media and public relations, according to his biography.
“In the North County, we are faced with many important regional issues including water, economic development and job creation,” Martin’s campaign website states. “I am running for the board of supervisors to bring my skills and track record of bipartisan problem solving and coalition building to address these issues.”
The 1st District is a conservative-leaning area. It includes the city of Paso Robles, parts of Templeton and much of the northeastern section of the county.
Mecham, who plans to retire 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.