Higginbotham out, Waage in Pismo mayoral race
February 5, 2016
Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham has said she will not seek reelection in November, and Councilman Ed Waage has announced he is running for the mayoral seat.
Higginbotham has served as mayor for three two-year terms and was previously a Pismo Beach councilwoman and parks commissioner. Last year, she entered the race for District 3 San Luis Obispo County supervisor, but dropped out after alleged bullying by incumbent Supervisor Adam Hill.
Waage has served on the Pismo Beach council since 2008. He lost to Hill in the 2012 county supervisor race.
In 2011, Waage gained countywide attention when he challenged the science of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s controversial Oceano Dunes dust rule. Waage sits on the APCD board and he has a PhD in chemistry.
Waage’s council seat is up for election in November. The seat that belongs to Councilman Erik Howell is also up for election.
Howell said he will run for reelection. Howell is also a member of the California Coastal Commission.