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Four major public safety organizations are backing San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian in his bid to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly’s 33rd District.

Achadjian has received endorsements from the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Professional Firefighters, CDF Firefighters and the California State Firefighters’ Association.

The groups praised Achadjian for “an unparalleled record of commitment to public safety” during his 12 years as a county supervisor.

Achadjian is running in the June 8 Republican primary against former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield, San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the lone Democrat in the race. Arroyo Grande resident Paul Polson is running as a Libertarian.

For additional information about Achadjian’s stand on the issues, visit katchoforassembly.org.

— Bob Cuddy

Morro Bay

The Morro Bay Peace Officers’ Association has endorsed Rick Grantham for mayor, citing his “long-standing history of service to our community, along with his open-minded and reasoned approach to city government.”

The association praised Grantham for his years as a police volunteer.

“We have also worked together during recent years to provide a free Thanksgiving meal to our citizens, (and) during the holiday season, to bring toys and the “holiday spirit” to our residents, and recently he supported our department’s commitment to children by joining our team for the Miracle Miles for Kids,” the association wrote in a news release.

In addition, the association wrote that Grantham “understands that a strong police force is a protective measure to effectively preserve the unique character of our community that so many cherish as they live, work, and visit here.”

— Bob Cuddy

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