Funk takes San Luis Obispo County fundraising lead

February 4, 2024

Atascadero Councilwoman Susan Funk


Susan Funk has blown past her rival Heather Moreno in the fundraising battle for the District 5 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat, according to the SLO County Clerk Recorder’s Office.

While there are three SLO County Board of Supervisor seats up for grabs, incumbent supervisors John Peschong and Dawn Ortiz-Legg are running unopposed. Even so, both have raised a significant amount of money.

Campaign finance reports show Atascadero Councilwoman Funk has outpacing her opponent Atascadero Mayor Moreno in fundraising for the District 5 race. Funk collected $304,693 in donations while Moreno raised $264,889 in monetary and non-monetary donations.

District 5

The district includes Atascadero, Santa Margarita and portions of Templeton and San Luis Obispo. District 3 leans conservative, with 1,113 more registered Republicans than registered Democratic voters.

Moreno, a Republican, and Funk, a Democrat, are vying to fill the seat currently held by Supervisor Debbie Arnold, who elected not to run for reelection.

Through Jan. 20, Funk raised $304,693 in cash and non-monetary donations. Multiple unions donated $5,500 to Funk along with two Cambria residents, Michael Armstrong and Cynthia Steigel.

Notable donors include SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson at $3.437, Assemblywoman Dawn Addis at $5,500 and Don Ernst, an attorney who has secured lucrative contracts from the county, at $4,000.

Through Jan. 20, Moreno raised $264,889 in cash and non-monetary donations.

Two contractor and builder unions each donated $5,500 to Moreno. She also received $5,500 donations from business woman Noreen Martin and Brandi Dicker, a homemaker from Arizona.

Tom Madden, an attorney with Adamski, Moroski, Madden and Green – a law firm that represents multiple county government bodies, donated $2,500.

District 1

The district runs inland from the Monterey County line to Templeton and includes Paso Robles, San Miguel, Shandon and part of Templeton. Peschong raised $104,308 in cash and non-monetary contributions through Jan. 20

Noreen Martin, a Paso Robles based business woman, donated $3,000 to Peschong, the largest of his campaign during the past seven months,

Homemaker Gina Boneso donated $2,550 while real estate agent Diana Cassidy donated $2,050.

District 3

When former District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill committed suicide in 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Ortiz-Legg to finish his term. Even though she won the 2022 battle to finish Hill’s term, that term ends in Dec. 2024.

The district includes Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and a portion of San Luis Obispo. Ortiz-Legg raised $80,372 in cash and non-monetary contributions through Jan. 20.

A carpenters union, mortgage broker Steve Hollister, and farmer Robert Schiebelhut each donated $5,500 to Ortiz-Legg’s campaign.

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I’ll vote for whoever puts some common sense into how many wineries do we need? Do something about the incompetent Planning and Building department. Houses and food BEFORE horses and grapes.

Bunch of window lickers.

The Planning and Building Department only follows the ordinances of the county and laws of the state. You want a place to start? Repeal all existing county land use ordinances and start fresh. Right now Planning is navigating ordinances from different decades of no-growth, slow-growth, and now more growth demands from the feckless Board of Supervisors. Oh and don’t forget the odd array of ordinances passed to benefit an individual developer for moment in time political support.

I’m a big believer in Planning’s announced Lean Six Sigma program. But even then, unless you clean up the ordinances, you’re only efficiently doing the wrong thing.

Just read the Tribune’s softball questions to the candidates. One of them wants to improve our economy by adding county employees in the middle of a budget crisis…Huh? The other wants a performance audit of the $millions of our dollars spent homeless projects…Good Idea! When is someone going to ask about the toxic leadership of the County? Two CAO’s, the Homeless Director and the Economic Development Director resigning in just over six months … that’s the definition of toxicity.