The two candidates on the June 3 ballot to represent San Luis Obispo County District 2 on the Board of Supervisors will face off starting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Santa Rosa Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1174 Main St., Cambria.
The candidates — Bruce Gibson, the current supervisor, and Muril Clift, director on the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors — have already been given the eight questions that emcee Michael Broadhurst, manager of the Cambria Farmers Market and owner of Dragon Springs Farm, plans to ask them.
The topics all have links to agriculture, and several of them address water issues and the drought. The queries range from solving the problem of “Cambria’s protracted and painful water supply and delivery” to protecting agricultural interests, lessening the burdens of passing land from one generation to another, gentrification of ag lands and reducing ag-related county taxes, fees and paperwork.
Broadhurst said in an email to the candidates he plans to give each of them a two-minute opening, two minutes to answer each question. He plans a question period at the end, with a target ending time of 8:30 p.m.
Gibson, 61, a longtime citrus grower, said in an email interview that, “I'm quite familiar with the challenges of regulation and trying to make a small farm profitable. This debate will be a good chance for me to talk about work I've done with the ag community to streamline permits for grading, to work on water supply issues and to develop a county economic strategy that will help our local ag economy grow.”
Clift, 71, said in his emailed reply that “I will continue with my theme of bringing people together, listening to their concerns, listening to their proposed solutions and evaluating possible actions.”