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San Luis Obispo man announces that he will run for mayor

The newest candidate for San Luis Obispo mayor is Donald Hedrick, a welder who ran unsuccessfully for city council in 2006 and 2008 and was defeated both times by Mayor Dave Romero.

Hedrick became active in city politics after a project he opposed was approved at 3592 Broad St.

Romero, 81, announced in June that he will not run for city council in November, leaving behind a legacy of service spanning more than five decades.

Romero served on the city council for 16 years - eight years as mayor and eight as a councilman. Before that, he was San Luis Obispo's public works director for 36 years.

Romero would have been termed out as mayor in November. He could have sought one of two available four-year term council seats.

City Councilman Allen Settle, who has served on the council for more than 30 years, will also be termed out and must seek the mayoral position if he runs in November. Settle has not yet decided if he will run.

Councilwoman Jan Marx announced in April that she will seek Romero's seat. She was elected to the council in the last election and still has nearly three years left on her four-year term. She retired from her law practice to free up more time for the council. Marx said she will continue to serve as a council member if she is not elected mayor.

Other contenders for the seat include former councilman Paul Brown, who announced his intent to run Wednesday. Brown recently graduated from the law enforcement academy at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria and is seeking a job in law enforcement.

--AnnMarie Cornejo

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