Poll shows District 3 supervisor seat up for grabs
May 14, 2016
By CCN STAFF
The San Luis Obispo County’s District 3 race is close, with none of the candidates likely to garner 50 percent of the votes needed to win the June 7 primary election. If no one gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates move on to the November election.
A CalCoastNews poll of registered voters conducted May 14 shows Supervisor Adam Hill with 22 percent, followed by San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter at 18 percent and former Grover Beach mayor Debbie Peterson with 13 percent. Almost half of survey respondents, 47 percent, have not decided who they plan to vote for.
CalCoastNews identified each candidate only by name, and not by any other information used to describe them that might influence voters’ choices.
CalCoastNews surveyed 407 District 3 voters on May 14 using automated calls to land lines and cell phones. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
The bulk of District 3 voters, 56 percent, live in San Luis Obispo. Next in line is Grover Beach at 21 percent, Pismo Beach at 17 percent, rural Arroyo Grande at 6 percent and Avila Beach at 3 percent. District 3 has 788 more Democrats than Republicans. Hill and Peterson are Democrats and Carpenter is not affiliated with a political party.
Three San Luis Obispo County supervisor seats are currently up for grabs, leaving the future direction of the county up to the voters. Aside from the District 3 competition, there is a four-way race for the District 1 seat Supervisor Frank Mecham is vacating and two candidates vying for the District 5 seat currently held by Supervisor Debbie Arnold.
CalCoastNews is also conducting polls for the District 1 and District 5 elections.