Political Notebook

SLO County

The Young Republican Federation of California has endorsed Etta Waterfield in her bid to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly.

“We believe that Etta Waterfield is the most suitable candidate who best portrays the ideals of the Young Republicans of California,” said Young Republicans President Adam Abrahms, a Los Angeles attorney who specializes in representing management in disputes with workers.

“In Sacramento, she will fight to lower taxes and lift regulations that are severely affecting businesses on the Central Coast,” Abrahms said in a news release. “We need someone like her to put a stop to the exorbitant spending that is plaguing our state.”

Waterfield, a former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner, is seeking the Republican nomination to replace Blakeslee, who must leave the Assembly at the end of this year because of term limits.

Her opponents in the Republican primary are San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the sole Democrat in the race. Libertarian Paul Polson of Arroyo Grande also is running.

The 33rd Assembly District covers San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.

— Bob Cuddy

Arroyo Grande

The Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for candidates seeking to be elected county supervisor in the 2nd and 4th supervisorial districts.

The forum is set for May 20 at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In the 4th District, which covers South County and a slice of San Luis Obispo, the candidates are Jim Guthrie, an Arroyo Grande City Councilman and general manager of the Spyglass Inn; Paul Teixeira, a member of the county Parks Commission and the Lucia Mar school board; and Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman.

In the 2nd District, which encompasses the North Coast as well as Morro Bay, Los Osos and part of San Luis Obispo, incumbent Bruce Gibson is running against Marshall Ochylski, a San Luis Obispo attorney who also is a member of the Los Osos Community Services District.

Audience members will be able to submit questions to the moderator.

For more information, contact the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce at 489-1488.

— Bob Cuddy