Political Notebook

Morro Bay

Morro Bay mayoral candidate Bill Yates will have a “meet the candidate” reception tonight from 5 to 7 at Windows on the Water, 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be available.

Yates, who has served two sets of terms as mayor, is one of four candidates seeking to replace retiring Mayor Janice Peters. The others are Rick Grantham and Betty Winholtz, both on the City Council, and Neil Farrell.

The primary election is scheduled for June 8.

— David Sneed

Morro Bay

Morro Bay City Council candidate Jack Smith will have a “meet the candidate” event at the Pizza Port at the corner of Main Street and Morro Bay Boulevard at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The theme of the event is “You don’t know Jack … but he wants you to.” Smith is one of four candidates vying for two seats on the council. Others running are Nancy Johnson, D’Onna Kennedy and George Leage.

— David Sneed

SLO County

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and the League of Women Voters are hosting a sheriff’s candidate forum on Wednesday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. The candidates will be asked questions based on written questions from the audience.

Each candidate will have four minutes to make an opening statement, with two minutes to respond to questions.

The hotel is at 333 Madonna Road.

The candidates are: sheriff’s Deputy Mark Adams; Joe Cortez, former chief of the Pismo Beach Police Department; sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall; Jerry Lenthall, a former county supervisor and former San Luis Obispo police sergeant; San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson; and retired CHP Sgt. Michael Teixeira.

— Cynthia Lambert

Central Coast

Independence Caucus, a conservative national advocacy group, has endorsed Dave Stockdale’s bid for U.S. Congress in the 23rd Congressional District.

Stockdale, a Santa Maria businessman, is running for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

“Dave Stockdale stands for fiscal conservatism,” said Stephanie Jahn, national director of operations for Independence Caucus. “He will represent the citizens of the district and will fight to bring government control and accountability back to the people.”

Jahn said Stockdale is particularly appealing because he has no ties to big business or “politics as usual.”

Other Republicans who have taken out papers to run against Capps include Carole Lee Miller, Albert Mercado, Clark Vandeventer, Thomas Watson and John Davidson.

George Mathy, a Ventura County Democrat, also has expressed his intent to challenge Capps in the Democratic primary.

Darrell Stafford, a Libertarian, also is on the ballot.

The district stretches from northern Ventura County, running mostly along the coast into northern Santa Barbara County and includes coastal San Luis Obispo County, as well as the city of San Luis Obispo. Capps has represented the area since 1998.

— Bob Cuddy