Republican incumbent Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian easily defeated Democratic challenger Heidi Harmon Tuesday in the 35th State Assembly District race.
As of 11 p.m., Achadjian led Harmon 62 percent to 37 percent district-wide, with 129 of 247 precincts reporting.
In San Luis Obispo County, 61 percent of voters in 80 of the 162 precincts reporting at that time chose Achadjian.
The 62-year-old former San Luis Obispo County supervisor was first elected to the Assembly in 2010. This year, he said the economy, job growth and the state drought crisis were the three top issues in the race.Achadjian attributed his victory to his voting record and willingness to work across the political aisle.
“(The voters) showed by the numbers that the work we’ve performed, myself and my staff, that people appreciate the end result,” Achadjian said late Tuesday evening. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and we’re taking nothing for granted.”
Harmon, 45, a San Luis Obispo resident, led a grassroots campaign focused on combating global climate change and advocating for campaign finance reform and reproductive rights.
After conceding the race at about 10:45 p.m., Harmon said, “I think that we won this campaign even though I personally am not winning the election,” Harmon said. “(Achadjian) knows that he will be held accountable on his votes on climate change. Ultimately we won because we made him a better voter.”
Harmon said she will run for California Assembly again in 2016, when term limits prevent another run by Achadjian.
The district includes San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties.