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Filing starts today in for many municipal races in San Luis Obispo County

Voters in November will elect 20 people to seats on city councils throughout San Luis Obispo County. The filing period for interested candidates opens today and runs through Aug. 6. If an incumbent officeholder does not file for re-election by 5 p.m. Aug. 6, then the filing deadline is extended until Aug. 11.

Several of the races have already been set: In Morro Bay, none of the four candidates for two City Council seats received more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 8 primary election, so they will all advance to the November election.

The Morro Bay mayoral race was narrowed from four candidates to two — Bill Yates, a former mayor, and Councilwoman Betty Winholtz — who will face each other in November.

The Morro Bay mayor receives a monthly $700 stipend; council members get $500.

In addition, only two county races remain to be decided in the general election: the county sheriff and the 4th District supervisor, who earn $182,104 and $82,014, respectively.

San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson and retired Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez advanced to the runoff in the sheriff race. Lucia Mar school board member Paul Teixeira, who is also a county parks commissioner, and Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman will face off in the race for the supervisor seat.

To be eligible for seats in the county’s seven cities, interested candidates must live in that city and be a registered voter there.

Here is a look at the seats up for grabs countywide:

Arroyo Grande

Voters will elect a mayor and two council members. The filing fee is free, with an optional $250 cost to print a statement of qualifications in the sample ballot.

The Arroyo Grande mayor and council members receive a monthly stipend of $405. For more information, call 473-5400.

Atascadero

Two council seats are up for election. The filing fee is $25, plus an optional $275 for a candidate statement.

The council members receive $300 a month. For more information, call 470-3400.

Grover Beach

The mayor’s seat and two council seats are up for election. The filing fee for nomination papers is $25, plus an optional $275 for printing the statement of qualifications.

The Grover Beach mayor and council members receive $300 a month, plus $30 per meeting of the city’s Improvement Agency — in which the council acts as its board. For more information, call 473-4567 or e-mail dmcmahon@grover.org.

Paso Robles

The mayor’s seat and two council seats are open in November. The filing fee is $25, plus an optional $250 deposit for the cost of printing the candidate statement.

The Paso Robles mayor receives $800 a month; council members receive $600.

Call 237-3888 to schedule an appointment; pre-election candidate packets are available at City Hall, 1000 Spring St., or at www.prcity.com/elections.

Pismo Beach

Voters will elect a mayor and two council members. The filing fee is free, with an optional $250 cost to print the statement of qualifications. The Pismo Beach mayor receives $814.40 a month, while council members get $514.40.

In addition, all receive a monthly allowance of $55 for phone, $40 for Internet access, and $150 for expenses, which can be used as mileage reimbursement for attending various regional and local boards and committees and toward recognition dinners such as those held by the Chamber of Commerce, City Clerk Emily Colborn said.

For more information, call 773-7003.

Mayor Mary Ann Reiss has said she plans to run for a City Council seat, Councilman Kris Vardas will seek a second term, and Councilwoman Shelly Higginbotham plans to run for mayor.

San Luis Obispo

The mayor’s seat and two council seats are up for election. The mayor receives $1,200 a month; council members receive $1,000.

In addition, council members receive $300 each quarter for expenses such as meals and dues in the county, $300 quarterly for mileage expenses, and a $1,500 annual allowance for professional development such as conferences held outside the county.

The mayor receives $450 quarterly for expenses in the county, $450 quarterly for mileage expenses, and $1,800 for professional development each year outside the county.

Mayor Dave Romero has announced that he will not seek another term on the council, after having served for 16 years.

Councilwoman Jan Marx has said she will run for the mayor’s seat, as will former Councilman Paul Brown.

Andrew Carter said he will seek a new council term.

Others interested in a council seat are Terry Mohan, a vocal critic of the city; Dan Carpenter, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2008; former Councilwoman Kathy Smith; and former Planning Commissioner Andrea Miller.

For more information about how to run for election, call 781-7100.

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