San Luis Obispo
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell is endorsing Jan Marx for San Luis Obispo mayor.
“Jan Marx is the clear choice for mayor of San Luis Obispo,” said O’Connell in a news release. “She has the best interest of the community at heart and she will work full time as mayor to make San Luis Obispo a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
O’Connell has more than passing interest in the race — he makes his home in San Luis Obispo.
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Marx previously served on the City Council from 1998 to 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. She represents the city on the San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments, San Luis Obispo Regional Transportation Agency and the Air Pollution Control District. A longtime San Luis Obispo homeowner, she is married with two grown children and four grandsons.
More information about Marx is available at www.janmarx.com.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Several current and former South County elected officials have endorsed Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman in his race to become the next county supervisor for the 4th District, which includes Nipomo, Oceano, Pismo Beach and most of Arroyo Grande.
Zimmerman’s opponent is Paul Teixiera of Nipomo, a member of the Lucia Mar Unified School District board and the county Parks Commission. The winner will replace Katcho Achadjian, who is finishing up his third four-year term and is running for Assembly against Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias.
Zimmerman has received endorsements from Pismo Beach Mayor Mary Ann Reiss; Pismo Beach City Councilwoman Shelly Higginbotham; Bill Senna, former Lucia Mar school board member and former member of the Oceano Community Services District board; Nipomo Community Services District board member-elect Dan Gaddis; and Jim Harrison, president of the Nipomo Community Services District.
— Bob Cuddy
Marilyn Rodger, a candidate for re-election for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District board, has been endorsed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Other education leaders endorsing Rodger include: Ed Valentine, retired superintendent of San Luis Coastal; Walter Millar, school board president; and current board members Chris Ungar, Phil Angel and Ellen Sheffer. Former San Luis Obispo County teachers of the year also endorsing Rodger are Carol Comeau, Tina Lucas and Diana Barnhart. Other education leaders endorsing Rodger include: Gaye Galvan, Cuesta College trustee; and John Barnhart and Jeanne Dukes, both assistant superintendents for the San Luis Obispo County of Education.
— AnnMarie Cornejo