Lucia Mar school board member decides not to run for re-election after nearly 50 years of service

Longtime Lucia Mar school board member Georgie O’Connor said today she does not plan to run for re-election in November, possibly ending nearly 50 years of service to the district.

O’Connor, 88, said she does not plan on running for her seat, one of two up for election in the Arroyo Grande trustee area, unless no one else wants the job.

She was elected in 2006 to her 12th consecutive term on the board.

“I think I served the children of the community well,” O’Connor said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, incumbent and board President Colleen Martin and small business owner Matthew Gabriel Guerrero had qualified to run in the Arroyo Grande trustee area, according to the county Clerk-Recorder’s website.

Other seats up for election in November are those held by David Foster, representing the Oceano area, and Paul Teixeira, who represents the Nipomo area.

Vern Dahl, an Oceano Community Services District board member, has qualified to run for the Oceano trustee area.

Teixeira and Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman will face off in the November election for a county supervisor seat. Teixeira has served a four-year term on the school board and said he does not plan to run for re-election.

Foster could not be reached for comment.

Lucia Mar district trustees are elected from four different areas, depending on where the trustees live. The district is the largest in the county and serves about 10,700 South County students.

If any of the incumbents do not file by 5 p.m. Friday, the filing deadline will be extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone interested in running can contact the Elections Division of the Clerk-Recorder’s Office to make an appointment at 781-5228. The office is located at 1055 Monterey Street, Suite D-120 in San Luis Obispo.

The Lucia Mar board meets twice monthly and receives a monthly stipend of $439. Members are also eligible for health benefits.

-- Cynthia Lambert