Atascadero council race takes shape
August 12, 2016
One incumbent and four challengers are competing for a total of two Atascadero City Council seats in the November election. Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi is running for reelection, while Councilman Bob Kelley has opted not to seek another term in office.
Both Fonzi and Kelley have served on the city council since 2008. Kelley released a statement saying he is stepping down from the council with pride in his accomplishments but with concerns about the financial future of the city.
Fonzi, a real estate agent, is joined in the current council race by city planning commissioner Charles Bourbeau, attorney Adam Daner, healthcare professional Daniel Eister and former council candidate Bret Heinemann.
Bourbeau, who is retired from a career in the California National Guard, previously served a brief stint on the Atascadero council. Bourbeau was appointed to the council in April 1987 and served as a councilman through 1988.
After leaving the National Guard, Bourbeau worked for a year as the city of San Luis Obispo’s finance director. He resigned in December 2012, citing health problems. Bourbeau joined the Atascadero Planning Commission in Jan. 2015.
Daner has operated an Atascadero law practice since 1994. His areas of practice include business planning, estate planning, construction and real property.
Daner has coached football at Atascadero High School and has served on several nonprofit boards, including one that works with the Charles Paddock Zoo. Daner has also served as general counsel and vice president for the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.
Eister has launched a campaign Facebook page describing himself as a local healthcare professional.
Heinemann has run multiple times for an Atascadero council seat, but has yet to win. Heinemann previously described himself as an educator and writer.
Mayor Tom O’Malley has two challengers, Ann Ketcherside and Nick Mattson.