Poll shows Peschong outperforming his opponents
May 20, 2016
By CCN STAFF
In the race for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat, John Peschong holds a significant lead over his opponents, according to a CalCoastNews poll conducted Thursday.
Among decided voters, Templeton businessman Peschong holds a 13-point lead over his closest rival, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin. Peschong leads with 45 percent, followed by Martin at 32 percent, Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon at 23 percent and attorney Dale Gustin at 4 percent.
If one of the candidates garners more than 50 percent of the votes in the June 7 primary election, he wins the District 1 supervisor seat. If not, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will face off in the Nov. 8 election.
Of registered voters polled, 38 percent said they were still undecided.
CalCoastNews surveyed 418 District 1 voters on May 19 using automated calls to land lines and cell phones. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
District 1 has 5,835 more Republicans than Democrats, giving conservative challengers Paso Peschong and Hamon an edge over Martin, a Democrat, and Dale Gustin, who is registered declined to state.
Peschong’s supporters include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and San Luis Obispo County supervisors Lynn Compton and Debbie Arnold. McCarthy donated $5,000 to Peschong, the largest of Peschong’s campaign.
Martin has the backing of the SLO County Democratic Party, Democratic political strategist Cory Black and several unions. Black’s company, Public Policy Solutions, contributed $2,500 to Martin’s campaign.
Paso Robles businessman Keene Graves and Templeton residents Carol Kiessig and Paul Viborg donated money to Hamon’s campaign. Graves gave $1,000 to Hamon, his largest donation.
Gustin does not have a fundraising committee.
The four candidates have differing views on a variety of issues including a proposed Paso Robles groundwater basin district and the Las Palitas gravel quarry. However, all four candidates said they are in favor of the proposed Phillip’s 66 rail spur because transporting oil by rail is safer than by truck.
Prior to a March 8 special election on whether to establish a water management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin, Peschong was the only candidate opposed to the district. After the proposed district failed by 77 percent, Hamon said he disagreed with plans to form the failed district. All four candidates are now in favor of having the county manage the district.
Peschong, Hamon and Gustin believe the SLO County Board of Supervisors erred when it denied a proposed Las Palitas gravel quarry. The candidates noted a statewide shortage in aggregate that could lead to higher costs for road maintenance. The proposed quarry failed 3-2.
Martin said he agreed with the board’s denial because the quarry could have impacted the rural character of Santa Margarita and the quality of life for its residents.
Of District 1 voters who participated in the last primary election, a breakdown by mailing addresses has 76 percent from Paso Robles, 16 percent from Templeton, 5 percent from San Miguel and 2 percent from Shandon.
On May 9, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder’s Office mailed out approximately 100,000 vote-by-mail ballots to voters. The primary election is set for June 7.