SLO County Roundup

South County

The Lucia Mar Unified School District will host a discussion about the budget and its impact on education Thursday, the same day that rallies are planned statewide to protest state budget cuts.

Ron Bennett, president and CEO of School Services of California, will speak at the Clark Center from 5 to 6 p.m., said Lucia Mar Superintendent Jim Hogeboom.

The event at 487 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande is free.

School Services of California is a business, financial, management and advocacy resource for educational agencies in California.

— Cynthia Lambert

SLO County

The nomination period has begun for those seeking to run for federal, state and local office, and it will continue through March 12.

Among the partisan offices on the ballot this year are U.S. senator, 22nd and 23rd congressional districts and 33rd Assembly district, as well as state constitutional offices from the governor on down to the state superintendent of schools.

County races include seats for the 2nd and 4th districts on the Board of Supervisors, as well as sheriff.

Five people — four Republicans and one Democrat — are running in the 33rd Assembly District.

Eight candidates have taken out notices of intent to run for sheriff. Three are running for the 4th District supervisor’s seat, which covers the South County.

To date, only incumbent Bruce Gibson has filed a notice of intent to run in the 2nd District, which includes the North Coast.

The complete list of contests and qualifications for each office and a list of those who have taken out papers are at www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.

Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald is urging those interested in running to call her office at 781-5080.

— Bob Cuddy