San Luis Obispo County certifies the election, final counts

December 7, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office tallied 11,140 ballots on Wednesday, for a total of 121,156 ballots counted, and then certified the election.

There were no new winners in the races. Supervisor Bruce Gibson won reelection by 13 votes in the hotly contested District 2 supervisor race.

Final local election results:

SLO County District 2 Supervisor

  • Bruce Gibson – 50.03%
  • Bruce Jones – 49.97%

Arroyo Grande Mayor

  • Caren Ray Russom – 62.40%
  • Gaea Powell – 27.48%
  • Dale Hanson – 10.12%

Arroyo Grande City Council District 4

  • James Guthrie – 63.20%
  • Ben Franco – 36.80%

Atascadero City Council, two seats

  • Heather Newsom – 43.77%
  • Susan Funk – 42.52
  • Bret Heinemann – 13.71%

Grover Beach Mayor

  • Karen Bright – 53.73%
  • Stacy Korsgaden – 47.27%

Grover Beach City Council

  • Daniel Rushing – 58.84%
  • Ron Arnoldsen – 41.16%

Morro Bay Mayor

  • Carla Wixom – 59.17%
  • John Heading – 40.83%

Morro Bay City Council, two seats

  • Robin “Zara” Landrum – 25.12%
  • Cyndee Edwards – 21.53%
  • Sarah Smith Robinson – 20.62%
  • Casey Cordes – 18.35%
  • David Duringer – 13.38%

Paso Robles Mayor

  • Steve Martin – 54.74%
  • Michael Rivera – 45.26%

Pismo Beach City Council, two seats

  • Mary Ann Reiss – 27.50%
  • Stacy Inman – 24.01%
  • Kevin Kreowski – 21.64%
  • Erik Howell – 18.75%
  • Debora Lossing – 8.10%

San Luis Obispo Mayor

  • Erica Stewart – 70.76%
  • Richard Orcutt – 14.31%
  • Jeffrey Specht – 13.26%
  • Donald Hedrick – 1.68%

San Luis Obispo City Council, two seats

  • Michelle Shoresman – 35.29%
  • Emily Francis – 32.22%
  • Joe Benson – 19.16%
  • James Papp – 13.34%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District bond measure, needs 55%

  • Yes – 63.14%
  • No – 36.86%

Arroyo Grande sales tax increase, 50% plus one

  • No – 54.36%
  • Yes – 45.64%

Paso Robles hotel tax increase, 50% plus one

  • Yes – 58.93%
  • No – 41.07%

Morro Bay property tax increase, 50% plus one

  • No – 64.23%
  • Yes – 35.77%

Cambria Health Care District Bond, 2/3 vote required

  • Yes – 61.39%
  • No – 38.61%

San Luis Obispo County Community College District, Area 4

  • Peter Sysak – 50.32%
  • Adrienne Garcia-Specht – 49.68%

Atascadero Unified School District, vote for four

  • Tracy Ellis-Weit – 14.99%
  • Vy Pierce – 14.39%
  • Rebekah Koznek – 12.76%
  • Denise McGrew Kane – 12.31%
  • Dan Hathaway – 11.08%
  • Tami Gunther  – 10.54%
  • Scott Staton – 9.63%
  • George Shoemaker –  9.33%
  • Chris Collins – 4.99%

Coast Unified School District, Area 2

  • Lee McFarland – 50.97%
  • Susan Dever – 49.03%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 3

  • Andrea Naemi-Vergne – 36.55%
  • Daevin Thomas – 32.77%
  • Ashley Smeester – 20.69%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 5

  • Colleen Martin – 57.66%
  • Gary Joralemon – 42.34%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 6

  • Roxana Maldonado – 43.05%
  • Eilene Pham – 41.20%
  • Scott Bloom – 15.75%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 7

  • Donna Kandel – 61.49%
  • Luke Davis – 38.51%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, partial term

  • Laurene McCoy – 38.72%
  • Adelita Hiteshew – 36.83%
  • Jim Irving – 24.45%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Area 1

  • Jim Cogan – 48.18%
  • Chris Arend – 27.34%
  • Peter Byrne – 24.47%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Area 4

  • Sondra Williams – 43.13%
  • Frank Triggs – 37.52%
  • Catherine Reimer – 19.35%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 1

  • Marilyn Rodger – 58.68%
  • Loren Leidinger – 41.37%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 2

  • Rob Banfield – 56.63%
  • Jim Quesenberry – 43.67%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 4

  • Mark Buchman – 67.54%
  • Tony Evans – 32.46%

Templeton Unified School District, vote for two

  • Janel Armet – 27.36%
  • Jennifer Grinager – 25.67%
  • Matt Allison – 25.50%
  • Jason Tesarz – 9.71%
  • Jay Raftery – 7.89%
  • Fiona Bond – 3.87%

Cayucos Elementary School District, Area 1

  • Kerry Friend – 43.21%
  • Steve Geil – 33.10%
  • Chloe Phillips – 23.69%


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Wish we locally could grow beyond the far right and far left Republican Democrat conflict. Some of my very best and most reliable neighbors differ with me politically on some issues, but I still like them and we work together. They are like family.

I supported Dr. Jones in the hope of getting out of this constant divide, but I fear we have fallen further into a hyper partisan abyss with the Democrats positioned for a 1-4 knockout blow in 2024. Too bad an out of area GOP PAC had negative attack ads. Too bad the grossly disenfranchising Patten Map was passed on a 3-2 vote. Too bad moderates like Katcho are not elected.


Katcho was not a moderate. Not even close. He backed Trump even after all the nasty revelations about trumps character and anti-democracy ambitions. And every one of his votes put business interests above that of the general population and environment. Katcho was a huge disappointment. Nice guy though.


I’m glad Bruce won and Bruce lost!