Nipomo attorney Jacqueline Frederick has applied to succeed 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira, who died of a heart attack in June.
Frederick is one of several people hoping to be appointed to the open seat, which will be subject to an election when Teixeira’s term expires in 2014.
Frederick, 58, who ran unsuccessfully for judge in 2002, said several people encouraged her to apply.
“People perceive me to be one who gets along with others,” she said. “I’m a trained mediator.”
As a mediator, she said, she would help build consensus on the board.
The biggest issue facing San Luis Obispo County, she said, is water. Frederick said she wants to conserve water, which is important, she added, to preserve both agriculture and tourism.
As an attorney, she said, she has handled multiple cases involving water issues, including one that resulted in the formation of a water management group in the South County and Santa Maria. She’s also a member of the Nipomo Mesa Management Area Water Board.
Originally from New York, Frederick’s family moved to Los Angeles, where she was valedictorian at her high school before attending California State University (Northridge and Los Angeles) and University of LaVerne College of Law. She founded her own law firm in Los Angeles in 1984, and after a decade there, she moved her business to Nipomo.
Frederick, who speaks English, Spanish and French, owns a farm with her husband.
In 2002, after Superior Court Judge James Ream announced his retirement from the bench, Frederick ran for the seat against John Trice, then a deputy district attorney who had recently prosecuted the high-profile Rex Krebs double-murder case. While Frederick pumped close to $120,000 of her own money into the campaign, Trice, who had much higher name recognition, won 61 percent of the vote.
Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint Teixeira’s replacement.