A.G. real estate broker wants Teixeira's supervisor seat

dsneed@thetribunenews.comJuly 25, 2013 

Michael Byrd

Michael Byrd, a real estate broker from Arroyo Grande, is the first South County resident to formally announce his desire to be appointed to fill the seat of late county Supervisor Paul Teixeira.

Arroyo Grande City Councilwoman Caren Ray and Arroyo Grande resident Mark Millis, president of the Lucia Mar Unified School District board of trustees, also told The Tribune they have applied to fill the position but have not made any public announcements.

Gov. Jerry Brown is accepting applications to fill the position, which runs through the end of next year.

Evan Westrup, spokesman for the governor, said the seat would be filled as quickly as possible, but he gave no other details or timelines.

“We do not disclose the number of applicants or the names of applicants, but aim for a broad and diverse pool of candidates,” he said.

The seat became open in June when first-term county Supervisor Paul Teixeira died suddenly of a heart attack. The seat will stay vacant until Brown makes an appointment.

In addition to applying for appointment to the seat, Byrd also plans on running to fill the seat for a full term when it comes up for election next year. He has worked as a broker in the real estate business in San Luis Obispo County for 27 years.

Before moving to San Luis Obispo County, Byrd was an assistant to a county supervisor in Kern County. He said that experience would allow him to “hit the ground running.”

Ray, who was appointed to the Arroyo Grande City Council in 2010 when Councilman Ed Arnold resigned, enjoys broad support within the Democratic Party.

Pat Harris, chairwoman of the county Democratic Party, said the party’s board of directors will not formally make an endorsement but she and the other directors support Ray.

Millis is a retired teacher who taught American government at Arroyo Grande High School for 33 years. He also served on the Arroyo Grande City Council for most of two decades from 1972 to 1992.

People interested in being appointed to the seat are asked to apply online with the governor’s office. Backers of an applicant can send letters of support.

The application form can be found at: http://gov.ca.gov/m_appointments.php.

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