Sheriff candidate Ian Parkinson has picked up endorsements from several local public safety unions.
They include the Association of San Luis Obispo Deputy Sheriffs, San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association, San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Association and the Paso Robles Police Officers Association.
Former county Sheriff Ed Williams has also endorsed Parkinson, his campaign announced Tuesday. Williams served as Pismo Beach police chief from 1979 to 1986 and as county sheriff from 1987 to 1998.
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Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, was also endorsed by the Peace Officers’ Research Association of California, which represents more than 62,000 public safety personnel, according to its website.
“We have had a long history of working together with Ian, and we think he will do a great job,” San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Association President Erik Baskin said in a news release.
Parkinson will face Joe Cortez, a retired Pismo Beach police chief, in the Nov. 2 election. They are running to replace Sheriff Pat Hedges, who did not seek re-election.
More information is available at www.parkinson4sheriff.com or by contacting 801-7328.
— Cynthia Lambert
Hilda Zacarias, a candidate for the Central Coast’s 33rd District state Assembly seat, has picked up the endorsement of the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Rebecca Gonzales, the organization’s director of governmental relations, said the group is impressed by Zacarias’ “commitment to the well-being of individuals, families and communities.”
Zacarias has pledged to “work to protect the safety of the most vulnerable Californians.”
Democrat Zacarias, an accountant and a Santa Maria city councilwoman, is running against Republican Katcho Achadjian and Libertarian Paul Polson.
For more information on Zacarias, go to www.hildazacarias.com.
— Bob Cuddy
Arroyo Grande City Councilman Jim Guthrie, who finished third in the June primary election for 4th District county supervisor, has endorsed Paul Teixeira for the supervisor’s job.
Guthrie said Teixeira “cares about this county, has roots here, and can focus on what’s best for the community.”
Supervisor Adam Hill also endorsed Teixeira, calling him “a good problem solver (who) gets things done with an eye on what’s right for the common good.”
Teixeira, who sits on the county Parks Commission and the Lucia Mar Unified School District board, has a long history of community involvement, including time with the Rotary Club, the Salvation Army and Jack’s Helping Hand. He is on leave from his position as an operations manager for Kaman Industrial Technologies in Santa Maria.
He is running against longtime Arroyo Grande resident Mike Zimmerman, an attorney. They are seeking to replace Katcho Achadjian, who is finishing his third term on the Board of Supervisors. Achadjian is seeking a seat in the state Assembly.
For more information about Teixeira, visit www.teixeira4supervisor.com.
— Bob Cuddy
The Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County, in conjunction with the Atascadero Republican Women Federated, has opened an office at 7489 El Camino Real in Atascadero. The grand opening was Sept. 17.
Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The office will be open through Nov. 2.
The Atascadero location is the second such Republican office to open in the county for the November election.
Three more offices are slated to open in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and the South County, organizers said.
— Tonya Strickland
Bill Yates, candidate for Morro Bay mayor, has been endorsed by the Morro Bay chapter of the Service Employees International Union.
The local chapter represents all city employees except police and firefighters and has 65 members. Yates is a former city mayor and faces Councilwoman Betty Winholtz in the Nov. 2 election.
“I am very happy with (Yates’) positions and the stands that he has taken, both in the past and in the present,” said Jim Hayes, the city’s collections department supervisor.
— David Sneed