Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin this week announced his candidacy to succeed San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham, who is retiring at the end of his term in 2016.
Martin’s announcement comes a few days after his colleague, Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon, announced his bid for the same seat.
They are the only two candidates who have announced their intentions so far.
Martin, 63, has lived in Paso Robles for 40 years, serving several terms on the City Council and as mayor over the past three decades. He first served on the council from 1987 to 1996, including taking his turn as mayor from 1988 to 1990. He ran again for the council in 2012 and won, and then in 2014 he ran unopposed for the mayoral seat, which is now an elected position.
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He also spent time working in media, including heading up tourism promotions for the city of Atascadero. He currently runs his own advertising and marketing firm, S.W. Martin & Associates.
Using his communications background to help inform the public, Martin’s campaign in the last election season focused on water, economic development and the restoration of city services. Martin said those issues can be broadened into the 1st District, which includes Paso Robles and much of the North County.
“In the North County, we are faced with many important regional issues including water, economic development, and job creation,” Martin said in a statement. “I am running for the Board of Supervisors to bring my skills and track record of bipartisan problem solving and coalition building to address these issues.”
For more information, visit Martin’s campaign website, www.stevemartinforsupervisor.com.
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.
Mecham’s seat is one of three up for grabs in 2016. Hill and Arnold both have announced their intentions to seek re-election.
Hill has already attracted two challengers — former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson and San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter.