Pismo mayor Mary Ann Reiss will not seek re-election

Mary Ann Reiss, Pismo Beach’s first elected mayor, announced Tuesday that she will not seek another mayoral term in November.

But Reiss, who has served on the City Council since 1996, six of those years as mayor, said she will run for a council seat.

Three seats are up for re-election Nov. 2: the mayoral seat and two council seats, currently occupied by council members Shelly Higginbotham and Kris Vardas.

The other council members not up for re-election are Ted Ehring and Ed Waage.

Vardas and Higginbotham said Tuesday they both plan to run in November — Vardas for a council seat and Higginbotham for mayor.

The filing period for candidates running in the November election opens July 12 and closes Aug. 6, according to the county Clerk-Recorder. Pismo Beach does not have term limits.

Vardas, 42, is a former city planning commissioner who is serving his first four-year term on the council.

Higginbotham has served six years on the council, starting in 2004 when she was appointed to fill a two-year term when Reiss was elected mayor.