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The San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association has announced its endorsement of candidate Ian Parkinson for sheriff.

The 155-member union submitted the names of the six candidates for sheriff to its members. Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, was supported by an “overwhelming majority” of the members, said Correctional Sergeant Michael Thompson.

DSA members met with Parkinson and both agreed to forgo the campaign contribution that the union would normally contribute to a candidate, which could be as much as $25,000.

However, “that’s not to say we’re not going to contribute down the road,” Thompson said.

The DSA also has endorsed Bruce Gibson for 2nd District supervisor and Jim Guthrie for 4th District supervisor, he said.

— Cynthia Lambert

Grover Beach

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald will speak about the June primary election at the South County Democratic Club meeting today in the Grover Beach Community Center at 12th Street and Trouville Avenue.

Rodewald will explain voting procedures, registration deadlines and any new laws affecting the election.

She also will list the various offices to be voted upon and outline the five state measures on the ballot, as well as a City of Arroyo Grande measure to approve the construction of a new police station.

The meeting will begin with a social hour dessert at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting and program will be at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The five Republican candidates seeking to oust Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, from Congress in November will debate Thursday at the Sands Inn & Suites, 1930 Monterey St.

The five seeking the 23rd Congressional District seat are John Davidson, Carole Lee Miller, Dave Stockdale, Clark Vandeventer and Tom Watson.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet, followed by the forum at 6 p.m.

The forum is sponsored by the Republican Party and the Lincoln Club of San Luis Obispo County.

For information, call 541-4010.

— Bob Cuddy

Los Osos

Candidates for the 2nd District seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will share their views with the public at a forum Friday.

Incumbent Bruce Gibson, a Cayucos rancher, will face Marshall Ochylski of Los Osos, a land use attorney. The debate begins at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at Los Osos Valley Road and Pine Avenue.

The public will be free to ask questions.

A representative of the League of Women Voters will moderate the forum, which is sponsored by the Los Osos Grassroots Democrats and the El Moro Democratic Club.

For more information, go to www.losososgrassrootsdemocrats.com.

— Bob Cuddy

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