Candidates emerge for SLO City Council seats

acornejo@thetribunenews.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said how many terms Jan Marx has served as mayor. She will run for her third term.

The election to fill three seats on the San Luis Obispo City Council is still nine months way, but several candidates have already emerged to vie for those seats.

Two incumbents — Mayor Jan Marx and Councilwoman Carlyn Christianson — are seeking re-election. The third, Councilwoman Kathy Smith, has said she will not run to retain the seat she has held since 2010.

Marx announced this week that she plans to run for a third term as mayor. Christianson also confirmed that she will seek re-election.

Councilman Dan Carpenter, whose term does not expire until 2016, is considering challenging Marx for the mayoral seat. However, on Tuesday, he said he still had not decided.

Two additional candidates, Eric Meyer, an entrepreneur and former city planning commissioner, and Gordon Mullin, a financial planner, have also filed their intent to run.

Smith is endorsing Meyer to succeed her on the dais.

“He is a young, successful entrepreneur who is not affiliated with any party,” Smith said. “I really feel he will continue to be his own person, which is the sign of a good public servant. He will reflect the community, and he will listen to them, which is the most important job on the council.”

Smith said that during her four-year term she became disenchanted with the way she felt staff often lobbied council members, pressuring them to support particular projects.

“I was elected by a certain segment of community in San Luis Obispo who knew what I felt strongly about,” Smith said. “I am an individual and should remain an individual while an elected person.”

Meyer is a San Luis Obispo native and a Cal Poly graduate. In the 1990s, he founded and eventually sold a footwear brand called Simple Shoes. He served on the city’s Planning Commission from 2008 to 2013, when he was appointed to the county Planning Commission. He also is chairman of the city’s Land Use and Circulation Element Update task force.

Meyer would have to resign from the county Planning Commission if elected to the City Council.

Mullin, a financial adviser with Zuk Financial Group, has an economics degree from the University of British Columbia, according to his professional profile.

He was appointed in November 2013 to serve on a committee to review the compensation of the San Luis Obispo City Council and two of the city’s advisory bodies, the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Commission. The committee’s recommendation is expected in coming months.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939. Stay updated by following @a_cornejo on Twitter.

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