GOP Assembly candidate Henrietta Waterfield endorsed by Atascadero's Roberta Fonzi

Republican Assembly candidate Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield has captured the endorsement of Atascadero City Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi, who called her “the true conservative in this race.”

Fonzi focused on Waterfield’s fiscal beliefs, saying she will fight to protect Proposition 13, oppose higher taxes, and fight to reduce the “regulatory burden” faced by businesses, farmers, and ranchers.

Waterfield, a Santa Maria Planning Commissioner, is running in the 2010 Republican primary for the right to replace Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd District. Blakeslee cannot seek re-election because of term limits, and is collecting money for a run at an as yet undesignated higher office.

Waterfield faces San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong in the GOP primary.

The winner of that race will likely face Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias, the only announced Democrat.

Fonzi was elected to the Atascadero City Council in 2008. She was a city planning commissioner for 10 years.