Poll shows Peschong outperforming his opponents

May 20, 2016
John Peschong

John Peschong


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.

Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin

Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin

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.

Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon

Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon

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.

Dale Gustin

Dale Gustin

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.

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Of course Steve Martin has the support of the Democratic Party and a big reason we don’t want him or John Harmon. Steve Martin talks like a true Democrat and will no doubt support the Party Agenda regardless of what the people want. They will stop at nothing and all you have to do is look at what is happening in Paso and either of these Bozo’s should be in office.

A Peschong victory renders Adam Hill impotent. The conservatives will have a three-vote majority and Hill/Gibson will be blocked. Their influence will be limited.

In my opinion, that’s a good thing!

You still need to get rid of Adam Hill he and Bruce Gibson can be a real headache together.

Must elect Dan Carpenter 3rd District. Call all your friends that can vote in 3rd District and create a Grand Slam and boot Hill Out!

Awesome results

Peschong is the winner now and in June and if Necessary in November!

Too bad all the $$$$$ to take it to November.

Peschong 1st District (Black you met your match…once again)

Dan Carpenter 3rd District

Debbie Arnold 5th District

John Peschong is a winner in so many ways. He is bringing to light the crime and gang issues and the Ponga (sp?) boats have been coming ashore for years now with the drug trade. Thank you John for speaking out for our families. Thank you for talking about the mentally ill and the drug addicted NOT the homeless issue as a crying towel.

You point out that people that are homeless may want to be homeless and the others need specific help NOT HOMES!

If the left in this county had success there would be no homeless except for those that want it. But homelessness is a business and the left profit from it all day everyday just as Adam Hill’s Wife!!!!

Thank you John and your awesome team for a truly enlightening and honorable campaign.

Peshcong has a runoff with Martin in Novevember and crushes the later. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Best that the voters in District 1 get it over in June and elect John Peschong. Don’t need Cory Black, Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill controlling the dais of the Board of Supervisors in January 2017. Let’s go District 1 voters…vote PESCHONG NOW!

Totally agree! John Peschong needs to get over 50% in June. No need to take this to November.

And if the voters in District 3 can get their act together and get rid of Hill, maybe

this county can get a BOS that will do something useful.

Are you aware, I believe, even if an election is decided in June the winner does not take office until around December or January. If the incumbent is defeated in June can you image the damage they will do knowing they are gone in 6 – 7 or so months. This almost makes it worth not having it decided in June and that those currently in office still have to try an not tick off too many voters in their votes on issues knowing they are still in a heated race through the November election.

The law really needs to be changed, if a election is decided in June the winner should take office in June or July, why even have a primary then? If we keep it the way it is make all those who want to run take it all they way to November and reduce the time a lame-duck is in office, it would also same the voters money on June elections.


The problem with a lame duck is never a good enough reason to wait until November to retire Adam Hill if he could go in June only because it will cost the voters that support their candidate $100,000 – $200,000 each candidate more!

Do you want to pay for that … but I understand your point.

Adam gone in JUNE yes!

Vote Dan Carpenter Supervisor 3rd District June 7.

John Peschong Supervisor 1st District June 7

Debbie Arnold Supervisor 5th District June 7

Get it Done..

Yes, but maybe Frank will leave office a little better respected if he held fast with the conservatives and did the right thing in the last few months in office. I really thought he would hold to the principles that the people voted him in for and am really disappointed. I hope he can leave office representing the citizens of DIstrict 1 and not Bruce and Adam!