Poll shows District 3 supervisor seat up for grabs

May 14, 2016
Adam Hill

Adam Hill


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.

SLO City Councilman Dan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter

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.

Debbie Peterson

Debbie Peterson

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.



  1. hijinks2 says:

    Only the best of the best for SLO County. A crook, a liar and a whore. You pick who is who in this lineup. Either way, we all loose.

    (-7) 7 Total Votes - 0 up - 7 down
  2. don the beachcomber says:

    It is my understanding that Adam asked his students at Cal Poly to write an essay on their first sexual experience. What a pervert!

    (16) 26 Total Votes - 21 up - 5 down
  3. don the beachcomber says:

    This poll was conducted in April before Debbie Peterson’s mailers went out and while Adam and Dan were viciously attacking each other. Could that be the reason for the results? I’m sure the numbers are different now.

    (-4) 16 Total Votes - 6 up - 10 down
  4. paragon says:

    I got a Adam Hill mailer recently that included the sentence:

    “me and my family have been targeted many times…”

    Wow, has the education level of this country fallen so low that an elected county leader fails to grasp very basic elementary grammar? Also it demonstrates a shocking lack of attention to detail from his staff. Did none of them bother to proof read it?

    If we can’t count on Hill to produce a mailer without blatant grammar mistakes, how can we trust him to run this county?

    (44) 54 Total Votes - 49 up - 5 down
  5. unlisted says:

    The fact that almost half of registered voters haven’t made up their mind sounds about right. They will probably never decide and therefore won’t vote.

    In June 2012, the last time the 3rd District seat was up for grabs, only 13,784 of the 30,424 registered voters actually voted for supervisor. That’s only 45.3%. There were also 1,010 people who cast a ballot, but didn’t vote for supervisor. (See http://tinyurl.com/jmlp5ng)

    It looks like Dan and Adam will probably have a run-off in November.

    (12) 28 Total Votes - 20 up - 8 down
  6. Pelican1 says:

    Adam, have you considered running for Dog Catcher?

    (32) 46 Total Votes - 39 up - 7 down
    • kayaknut says:

      I knows there’s a joke here, something about him already being dog catcher since he is married to a theft and all , but I’ll refrain from telling the joke and leave it up to all to compose.

      (16) 30 Total Votes - 23 up - 7 down
    • TWEEKSBALMER says:

      Why do you hate dogs? Our animal control officers are kind people.

      (10) 14 Total Votes - 12 up - 2 down

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