Blair, Armstrong lead close race for Nipomo services district seats

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comNovember 6, 2012 

As Nipomo considers a new source of water, it will have two new board members on its community services district.

With all precincts reporting, Bob Blair and Craig Armstrong won the two open seats on the board.

Ed Eby took third and Ernie Thompson was fourth.

The four candidates vied for two open seats. After Mike Winn, a 12-year veteran of the board, decided not to seek re-election, that left Eby as the lone incumbent running.

The biggest issue facing the board entails finding another source of water for its 12,000 residents. While each of the four candidates agreed another source was needed, they disagreed on where to get it — and they had differing views on a proposed $26 million pipeline project that would bring supplemental water to Nipomo.

That project would require buying water from Santa Maria. Blair, a former board member, and Thompson, a retired district employee, said they opposed the project. Armstrong, a retired financial executive, and Eby were in favor of it.

One issue that has faced Nipomo is whether ocean water is seeping underground in the Santa Maria ground-water basin. If ocean water gets into the fresh ground water, treatment would be required.

Patrick S. Pemberton is a staff writer for The Tribune. Reach him at 781-7903.

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