In a race for a single seat among three candidates for a two-year term on the Oceano Community Services District’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Blackburn maintained a large early lead against two competitors.
Blackburn, the incumbent, held 52.1 percent of the vote with all three precincts reporting as of 11:30 p.m.
She faced off against challengers Lonnie Curtis, who had 25.3 percent of the vote, and Michael Ebinger, who had 21.0 percent.
The district’s main concerns include financial challenges, aging infrastructure and the reliability of its water supply.
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Blackburn, a stay-at-home mom, said her focus is on “fiduciary responsibility” and “clear and transparent government.”
“I believe that setting the district ‘house’ in order is crucial for its responsible management,” Blackburn said. “Looking at what we have, what we will need in the future, and whether our reserve policies and our rates will cover those things is imperative and is the direction I do believe we are moving in.”