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Lynn Compton will seek re-election, says there’s ‘still work to be done’

Fourth District Supervisor Lynn Compton announced Friday she will seek a second term on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
Fourth District Supervisor Lynn Compton announced Friday she will seek a second term on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

Lynn Compton officially announced her campaign for election to a second term as San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District supervisor, three days after the Board of Supervisors approved a budget that allocated $1.2 million to park and recreation projects in her district.

“Restoring park and recreation funding for South County” is her top accomplishment listed in a statement issued Friday to officially announce the campaign. The announcement said she opposed increased taxes and made thoughtful decisions on land-use projects to balance economic development with sustainable water and resource management.

So far, no challenger has announced to run in the June 2018 primary election. The deadline for filing candidacy papers is in March.

Compton, 54, said in a phone interview that she plans to focus on following through with housing proposals that are on the table, continue to expand tourism and conclude capital-improvement projects already underway, including a new airport terminal, jail and animal shelter.

“While we’ve made progress over the past three years, there is still more to be done, and I am excited about continuing to work with my fellow supervisors to improve the quality of life for the people of San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District,” Compton said.

The Nipomo resident frequently votes with supervisors John Peschong and Debbie Arnold, creating a conservative board majority.

“I want to continue going the same way we are now. We have a majority on the board, and I want to keep it that way,” Compton said.

Compton was first elected in 2014 when she beat appointed incumbent Caren Ray in a hotly contested race that attracted large amounts of money. Compton in that election raised more than $420,000.

The 4th District encompasses the city of Arroyo Grande and includes the unincorporated areas of Oceano and Nipomo, as well as portions of Edna Valley. About 55 percent of people in the district are registered Republican; 44 percent are registered as Democrat.

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