Political Notebook

SLO County

Half a dozen mayors and nine former mayors have endorsed San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian in his bid to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District.

Among the sitting mayors to endorse Achadjian are Dave Romero of San Luis Obispo, Tony Ferrara of Arroyo Grande, Mary Ann Reiss of Pismo Beach, Janice Peters of Morro Bay, Duane Picanco of Paso Robles and Lupe Alvarez of Guadalupe.

Former mayors who are backing Achadjian are Ray Johnson of Atascadero, Dee Santos and David Ekbom of Grover Beach, Rodger Anderson and Cathy Novak of Morro Bay, Lynn Cooper of San Luis Obispo, and B’Ann Smith, Mark Millis, and Pete Dougall of Arroyo Grande.

Achadjian is running in the Republican primary to replace Blakeslee, who cannot run again because of term limits.

Other Republicans in the race are Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield.

The sole Democrat to announce so far is Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias.

— Bob Cuddy


Two of the four Republicans running to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District will be guest speakers at the Tuesday meeting of the Atascadero Republican Women Federated.

Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield will be keynote speakers.

The event begins with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by the formal meeting at 11:30 a.m.

The cost is $7 for lunch. For reservations or information call 674-1677 or e-mail AtascaderoRWF@cfrw.org.

— Bob Cuddy

Santa Maria

Medical providers and health insurance industry experts will discuss health care at a town hall meeting hosted by Assembly candidate Matt Kokkonen.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Santa Maria Terrace, 1401 East Main St. in Santa Maria.

Seating is limited, and those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Monday to 886-1880 or 805-541-1880.

— Bob Cuddy