A longtime Arroyo Grande resident and member of the citys Architectural Review Committee has announced her intention to run for a City Council seat in November.
Barbara Harmon, a retired probation officer and supervisor for the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, has lived in Arroyo Grande since 1986.
Her goals include promoting local businesses and head-of-household jobs; protecting the citys historical culture and keeping it safe; and questioning regulations and ordinances that create new fees, assessments or raise taxes, according to her website.
Harmon was appointed to the citys Architectural Review Committee which advises city planners and council members on whether projects meet the citys guidelines and standards by Mayor Tony Ferrara in December 2013.
She also completed the countys citizen planning academy, a seven-week course in local land-use planning and civic engagement, and is a member of the Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge Street Bridge Stakeholders Group Committee.
Two four-year City Council seats and the two-year mayoral seat are open in November. The two open seats are currently held by Joe Costello and Tim Brown. All council members receive a monthly stipend of $405.
Candidates for councils and boards throughout San Luis Obispo County can start filing nomination papers July 14. For information about the Nov. 4 general election, go to www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/elections.htm.
For more information about Harmon, go to www.barbaraharmon.net.