SLO City Council field expands to six
August 10, 2016
A total of six candidates are now expected to run for two open San Luis Obispo City Council seats. Two council seats are up for grabs because Councilman John Ashbaugh is termed out and Councilman Dan Carpenter is running for county supervisor.
Businessman Aaron Gomez and Cal Poly student Christopher Lopez are the latest candidates to join the race. They joined a field that already included retired Army colonel Mike Clark, architect Andy Pease, engineering supervisor Brett Strickland and teacher Mila Vujovich-La Barre.
Gomez co-owns a San Luis Obispo jewelry store, The Gold Concept Jewelry and Design Studio. Gomez’s father, Anthony Gomez, founded the business in 1971.
The younger Gomez says the principles he promotes for San Luis Obispo are environmental stewardship, small business development, smart residential growth and community engagement. Gomez is touting endorsements from Ashbaugh, San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Rivoire and SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.
Lopez, a fourth-year philosophy student, is a member of several local organizations and boards, including Associated Students Inc. and the city Mass Transportation Committee. Lopez is also a member of the citizens’ oversight committee for the funds raised by a 2014 San Luis Coastal Unified School District tax measure.
The tax measure website says Lopez is excited about the technological advances, classroom improvements and career pathways San Luis Coastal students will receive as a result of the initiative. Lopez will graduate with a minor in political science, according to the tax measure site.
Three candidates have declared their intent to run for mayor. They are: incumbent Jan Marx, environmental activist Heidi Harmon and welder Donald Hedrick.
The election will take place on Nov. 8.