CCN poll shows Carpenter trouncing rival Hill
August 2, 2016
Dan Carpenter has blown past his rival Adam Hill in the battle for the District 3 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat, according to a CalCoastNews poll conducted Monday.
Among decided voters, San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter holds a 10-point lead over incumbent Supervisor Adam Hill. Carpenter leads with 55.4 percent followed by Hill at 44.6 percent. Of registered voters polled, 53 percent said they were still undecided.
The CCN poll of 442 voters has a margin of error of less than 4.4 points. CCN contracted with a phone survey company to call a randomized list of district voters.
Carpenter’s poll bounce comes on the heels of an argument Hill had with Sheriff Ian Parkinson over passing marijuana laws and issues with public safety.
At last weeks supervisor meeting, California Valley residents and the sheriff voiced concerns about code violations, water use and crime associated with hundreds of recently planted marijuana grows. The sheriff asked the supervisors to pass an urgency ordinance to help provide clear direction.
Hill argued that marijuana is going to be a big industry in California, and SLO County must capitalize on it. Hill also said he opposes an urgency ordinance because he does not want to see it result in drug raids.
Parkinson countered saying public health and safety concerns should be paramount and that his deputies knock on doors and ask question, they rarely conduct raids.
“It boils down to, do you support the safety of that community out there? Parkinson asked. “We are asking simply for some rules.”
In the June 7 primary election, Hill received 41.21 percent of the vote in District 3, which put him in first place. However, Hill’s two challengers received a combined total of 58.79, signaling that Hill is at risk of losing in November.
San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter advanced to the runoff election against Hill. Carpenter edged former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson by about 5 percent. Carpenter received 31.63 percent of the vote and Peterson received 26.85 percent.
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 1,765 more Democrats than Republicans. Hill is a Democrat and Carpenter is not affiliated with a political party.