Deadline passes with no new candidates seeking to run for local office

The final deadline for candidates interested in running for office Nov. 2 closed Wednesday with no additional contenders.

Several races in the cities of Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach were extended from Friday’s deadline because incumbents in those races did not seek reelection.

Here is a look at who is running in those races:

Arroyo Grande

Voters will elect a mayor and two council members. Mayor Tony Ferrara will run for re-election; Arroyo Grande resident Tim Moore has also filed to run for mayor.

Councilman Chuck Fellows will not run for re-election, but Councilman Joe Costello will seek re-election. Planning Commissioner Tim Brown, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Shannon Kessler, and resident Heidi Laurenzano have also qualified to run for council.


Two of the five council seats on the Atascadero City Council are up for re-election.

Incumbent Councilwoman Ellen Beraud will not run for re-election, but Councilman Tom O'Malley is seeking his post again.

Other potential candidates include businessman/ writer Bret Heinemann and Planning Commissioners Chuck Ward, Sandy Jack and Brian Sturtevant.

Heinemann is also running for a spot on the Atascadero Unified School District board, according to the city. Although this is allowed, he would not be able to serve on both boards because they have conflicting meeting times.

Grover Beach

The mayor's seat and two council seats are up. Mayor John Shoals will run for reelection. Councilman Bill Nicolls will also run for another term on the council.

Phyllis A. Molnar, of Past Present Future Bookkeeping in Grover Beach, will run for a council seat. Councilman Robert Mires' term is up; he did not file for re-election.

Pismo Beach

The mayoral seat and two council seats are up for election. Four candidates have been confirmed to run: Councilwoman Shelly Higginbotham will seek the mayor's seat, challenged by Rodger Gillespie, a substitute teacher in the Lucia Mar school district.

Current Mayor Mary Ann Reiss and Councilman Kris Vardas will run for council seats.