CCN poll shows Carpenter trouncing rival Hill

August 2, 2016
San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter

San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter

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.

Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill

“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.

Thomas A

A BIG Thank you to District 3 for taking the time to Fire Adam Hill in November!


You called me and I hung up! Didn’t get my vote. What are the odds that a randomized set of 400 people would have somenone registered to your site? Thanks for trying. I seem to remember a cell phone starting with “305”.

Kevin Rice

Site registration has nothing to do with anything here. You hung up. I’m sure many others also did the same. Thus, your available argument would appear to be “those that hung up are disproportionately Adam Hill voters”??? What’s your point? CCN’s polls in the primary election were remarkably accurate.

There are many reasons polls may not be reflective of reality, but no one has offered any poll except CCN here. It’s the only indicator we have so far and previous polls were pretty darn good.


Rid District 3 of the bully.

Fire Adam Hill


Not to react to hastily or prematurely but…….


Well gee Adam, Heroin is a “big industry” in Kali too, dont make it right little man.


So there may be a God after all. Hill is a phony baloney masquerading as a Democrat.


“Hill is a phony baloney masquerading as a Democrat.”

No- he’s a Democrat alright.


That is a partisan wing nut comment which has nothing to do with the issue.


Can we please have some sane and rational leadership on the County Board. Please, pretty please with sugar on top. The idiocy that passes for governance is mind boggling.


Sorry, no we can’t. The “sane and rational” do not go into politics…

Mr. Holly

Go Dan Go. Your honesty and integrity would be the new look that all of San Luis Obispo County needs. I hope other jurisdictions thru out the county will make the changes that we all need.

Rich in MB

This welcomed news will sadly put Hill and his supporters into full Attach Mode.

Get ready Dan for the some nasty attacks.

Rich in MB

Attack…not attach. But well detached from the truth will Hill be now.


Rich I think Dan has already been on the receiving end of nasty attacks. I think residents can help him by putting up year signs, donating money or time to his campaign and then Vote

Dan Carpenter dist 3 supervisor, send a clear message to Adam Hill we don’t like his ways