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Work force housing advocate will run for county supervisor

Work force housing advocate and former Food Bank president Adam Hill will run for county supervisor in the Third District, which includes Avila Beach, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and about half of San Luis Obispo.

Hill, 41, a Grover Beach resident who teaches English at Cal Poly, will face incumbent Jerry Lenthall, who is slightly more than halfway through his first term.

Hill, who will formally announce next week, says he is concerned about the direction in which the Board of Supervisors has been taking the county.

“They’ve been creating sprawl; they haven’t vigorously addressed the work force housing crisis. I’ve seen a lot of lip service, but not much action,” Hill said.

He said Lenthall has not kept his promises, especially about urban sprawl.

A graduate in government from the University of Maryland, Hill worked for former Sen. Bill Bradley. He has lived in the county for 12 years. In addition to his work with the Food Bank, he is on the steering committee of the Housing Trust Fund and the advisory board of the Workforce Housing coalition.

Both other incumbents also are running for re-election. Harry Ovitt of the First District will seek his fifth term, opposed by Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham. Jim Patterson will run for reelection in the Fifth District; he has no announced competition.

-- Bob Cuddy

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