Political Notebook

Grover Beach

South County Democrats will discuss what they see as the positive accomplishments of President Barack Obama during his first year in office.

The meeting will take place Wednesday at the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th Street and Trouville Avenue, Grover Beach. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

Among the president’s successes club members intend to discuss are the “graceful exit” from the war in Iraq, preventing a national economic collapse and changes made in environmental policy.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

Members of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s campaign team will hold an organizational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday at the Madonna Inn.

The team plans to share background information about Whitman and give people an opportunity to volunteer for campaign leadership roles in San Luis Obispo County.

Dan MacClain of Nipomo is the chairman of Whitman’s local campaign team, with Erik Long of San Luis Obispo and Robert Sharp of Paso Robles as deputy chairmen, according to a campaign announcement.

Whitman — former chief executive of online auction site eBay — is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the June primary, along with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. The nominee is expected to face former governor and Attorney General Jerry Brown in November.

— Antonio A. Prado


Third District County Supervisor Adam Hill will discuss local, state and federal issues involving agriculture at a casual forum with Farm Bureau Women on Feb. 11.

The meeting will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at AJ Spurs restaurant in Templeton.

For information or to RSVP, contact KathyMarquart at 238-1142 or the Farm Bureau at 543-3654.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

Parkfield cattleman Kevin Kester has been named to U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s “grassroots leadership team.”

Kester, a former San Luis Obispo County Cattleman of the Year, will lead Agricultural Leaders for Carly, one of several coalitions from across California “representing the ethnic, professional, generational and religious diversity of this state,” according to an announcement from her campaign.

The groups include mothers, real estate professionals, lawyers, blacks, Asian Americans, entrepreneurs, students and veterans.

Fiorina, former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, is running against Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Irvine for the Republican nomination.

The winner of the June primary will face off against three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Kester, first vice president of the California Cattlemen’s Association, is a fifth-generation California rancher, born and raised in the Parkfield area.

The Kester family has a stocker and cow-calf operation and farms wine grapes on 22,000 acres. Kester manages these operations. He lives in Parkfield with his wife, June, and their children, Kayleen, 22, Kody, 20, and Kara, 12.

Kester has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture management from Cal Poly.

He has served on the Shandon school board, the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation board of directors and the California Mid-State Fair Agriculture Committee.

Kester is vice chairman of the California Cattlemen’s Association political action committee. He isalso a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Central Coast Vineyard Team.

— Bob Cuddy