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Los Osos

Los Osos voters are invited to meet state Assembly candidate Hilda Zacarias from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the schoolhouse in Los Osos Community Park.

Zacarias is a Democrat and mayor pro tem of Santa Maria. She is also executive director of the Santa Barbara Family Care Center.

She is running for the seat held by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, who will have served the maximum three terms. She says she is running as a strong voice for change in Sacramento.

For information, call Maria Kelly at 534-9890.

Zacarias is the only announced Democrat in the race.

Republicans vying for their party’s nomination include San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield, and former Santa Maria City Councilman Marty Mariscal.

— David Sneed

Paso Robles

With Monday the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 Paso Robles water-rates election, the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office will have voter registration cards and a drop-off box for completed forms at Paso Robles City Hall, 1000 Spring St., beginning 5 p.m. Monday.

Voter registrations must typically be postmarked or received in the County Clerk-Recorder’s office, so having the registration forms and drop-off box at City Hall is intended as an added convenience for citizens to register to vote after offices have closed, Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said.

Voters who have moved must complete a new registration card. Any voter registering by this deadline will receive a postcard with their polling place location.

They will not receive the sample ballot booklet issued by the county. However, this publication is available at www.sloclerkrecorder.org.

To register to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old on or before Election Day; and not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Anyone with questions about registering, vote-by-mail ballots or any election issue can contact the clerk-recorder’s Elections Division at 781-5228.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

Four present and former members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors have endorsed Katcho Achadjian in his bid for the state assembly.

Frank Mecham joined with former County Supervisors Bill Coy, Harry Ovitt and Jerry Lenthal in endorsing Achadjian, who is soon finishing his third term on the board.

Achadjian — who is also on the California Coastal Commission — is in a crowded field for the 33rd District Assembly seat, which is being vacated by Sam Blakeslee next year because he will have served the maximum three terms.

Blakeslee has not endorsed anyone, and is gathering money for a run at a higher office.

Achadjian’s opponents in the Republican primary include Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield, a Santa Maria planning commissioner, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and former Santa Maria City Councilman Marty Mariscal.

The winner of that race will likely face Santa Maria Mayor Pro Tem Hilda Zacarias, the only announced Democrat.

— Bob Cuddy

Santa Maria

Etta Waterfield has received two key endorsements in her Republican primary campaign to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state assembly.

State Sen. Tony Strickland and Lew Uhler of the National Tax Limitation Committee both have thrown their support to Waterfield, a Santa Maria planning commissioner.

Atascadero City Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi earlier endorsed Waterfield, as did Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joe Centeno and Santa Maria police Chief Danny Macagni.

Waterfield is coordinator of the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

She has volunteered for numerous community projects, and was named the 2009 “Woman of the Year” for the 33rd Assembly District by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee.

“Our state must have people who believe in small business, free enterprise and fiscal responsibility,” said Strickland.

He called Waterfield “a committed conservative who will fight against higher taxes and fight for restrained government spending.”

“Just as important,” Strickland wrote in a news release, “Etta has a depth of experience helping small businesses grow and create jobs, and like me, she is committed to easing the heavy regulatory tax burdens on small businesses.”

Waterfield is in a crowded field for the 33rd District Assembly seat, which is being vacated by Sam Blakeslee next year because he will have served the maximum three terms.

Waterfield’s opponents in the Republican primary include Katcho Achadjian, a San Luis Obispo County Supervisor and California Coastal Commission member, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, and former Santa Maria City Councilman Marty Mariscal.

The winner of that race will likely face Santa Maria Mayor Pro Tem Hilda Zacarias, the only announced Democrat.

— Bob Cuddy

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