Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon has become the first person to announce his candidacy to replace San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham, who is retiring at the end of his term in 2016.
In a news release, Hamon, 60, said his priority will be to continue the leadership Mecham has shown during his two terms in office. “The 1st District deserves common-sense workable solutions, something I always strive to provide,” he said.
Hamon was not available for comment Wednesday because he was out in the field all day on business.
Hamon is serving his third four-year term on the Paso Robles City Council. He also sits on several regional policy boards including the Nacimiento Water Commission, Integrated Waste Management Board and the county Air Pollution Control District.
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When contacted Wednesday, former Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco said he was unaware that Hamon was running for supervisor and that he will not be making any endorsements. But he described Hamon as a politician who does his homework.
“When he has a project, he works hard and does a good job,” he said.
The 1st District includes Paso Robles and much of the North County. In recent months, Mecham has served as a crucial swing vote on the board between liberal supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill on one side and conservative supervisors Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton on the other.
“I believe I have earned the respect of many North County residents and government colleagues across the county by making sound, well-informed decisions about issues that touch all our lives every day,” he said in a statement.
Mecham said he does not plan to endorse any candidates for his seat.
Hamon began his public service in 1985 when he joined the Paso Robles volunteer fire department, where he served for 19 years. He also served on the city Planning Commission for five years before being elected to the City Council.
He is a 1976 graduate of Cal Poly and owned and operated a family garage door business for nearly 40 years. He said he will begin formally campaigning for the position in coming months.
Mecham’s seat is one of three up for grabs in 2016. Supervisors Adam Hill and Debbie Arnold both have announced their intentions to run for re-election.
Hill has already attracted two challengers — former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson and San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter. As of yet, Arnold has no challengers.