Political Notebook

SLO County

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian has picked up the endorsement of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, in his bid to become the county’s next state assemblyman.

In announcing his endorsement, McCarthy said, “Katcho is an effective county supervisor and successful small-business owner who has the experience needed in Sacramento to create new jobs, spur economic growth and turn California around.”

Achadjian, who represents South County on the Board of Supervisors, is finishing up his third term.

He is seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District, which encompasses San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County.

Achadjian’s Republican opponents include Matt Kokkonen, a San Luis Obispo financial planner; Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong; and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield.

The Santa Maria City Councilwoman is the sole Democrat running, along with Libertarian Paul Polson.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

Sheriff’s candidate Jerry Lenthall has won the endorsement of the San Luis Obispo chapter of CDF firefighters, who said Lenthall “understand(s) this county and the special relationship between the fire service and law enforcement.”

In a letter, John Richardson, chapter director, said the organization “believe(s) it is vitally important for all public officials to stay in touch with the needs of their constituents. ... Your experience and leadership has been and will continue to be critical in protecting our communities.”

Welcoming the support, Lenthall, a 33-year veteran of the San Luis Obispo Police Department and a former county supervisor, said, “There is a critically important connection between the sheriff’s department and our county’s emergency service providers. This endorsement tells our community that the sheriff’s office, under my direction, will return to an organization that puts a top priority on residents’ health and safety.”

CDF Firefighters work for CAL FIRE in providing fire and emergency response for communities in the areas of San Luis Obispo County that are outside city limits, as well as for the city of Pismo Beach.

Lenthall has five opponents: retired CHP Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira; sheriff’s Deputy Mark J. Adams; former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez; sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall; and San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Ian Parkinson.

— Bob Cuddy