Political Notebook

South County

County supervisor candidate Mike Zimmerman says he will visit 100 small businesses in Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Oceano within 70 days to highlight the importance of small businesses in the local economy.

“With our existing economy we need to do whatever we can to create jobs and a pro-business environment,” Zimmerman said in a campaign announcement. “This must be done without overburdening small-business owners by over-regulation and taxation.”

Zimmerman, an attorney, is running for county supervisor in the 4th District, which encompasses South County and a southeastern slice of San Luis Obispo.

His opponents are county Parks Commission and Lucia Mar school board member Paul Teixeira of Nipomo, and Jim Guthrie, an Arroyo Grande city councilman and general manager of the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach.

They are seeking to replace Katcho Achadjian, who is leaving the Board of Supervisors after 12 years to run for state Assembly.

Zimmerman began his 100-business tour in late March.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

County sheriff candidate Jerry Lenthall has won the endorsement of the San Luis Obispo chapter of Cal Fire firefighters, which said Lenthall understands “this county and the special relationship between the fire service and law enforcement.”

In the group’s endorsement letter, John Richardson, chapter director, added that the organization believes “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.”

Members of the group work for Cal Fire in providing fire and emergency response for some unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County, as well as 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 Ian Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo Police Department captain.

— Bob Cuddy

Central Coast

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian has endorsed San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian in his race to represent the area in the state Assembly.

Deukmejian said, “Katcho’s expertise and conservative values as a small businessman and county supervisor are what we need in Sacramento. He will support real reforms that will tie the hands of big-spending liberal politicians by imposing a strict cap on spending, and he will root out fraud, waste and abuse.”

“We can count on him to support and protect Proposition 13, to oppose job-killing tax hikes, and to fight excessive regulations,” Deukmejian added.

Deukmejian began his own political career in the Assembly and was later elected to the state Senate, where he served as majority leader. He served as California attorney general from 1979 to 1983, and as governor from 1983 to 1991.

Achadjian is finishing his third term as the supervisor representing South County. He also serves on the California Coastal Commission.

He is seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, who must leave the Assembly after his current term because of term limits. His seat includes all of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.

He has three opponents in the Republican primary: San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen; Paso Roles City Councilman Fred Strong; and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield. The sole Democrat running is Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias. Carpenter Paul Polson of Arroyo Grande is running as a Libertarian.

— Bob Cuddy