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County Supervisor Bruce Gibson is endorsing Ian Parkinson for sheriff.

Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, has also been endorsed by Supervisors Adam Hill, Frank Mecham and Jim Patterson.

“Ian has shown that he is willing to get personally involved and work with the community to help solve the numerous challenging law enforcement problems that we face,” Gibson, who represents the North Coast’s 2nd District, said in a news release.

Parkinson will face retired Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez on Nov. 2.

They are running to replace Sheriff Pat Hedges, who is retiring after 12 years with the department.

— Cynthia Lambert

SLO County

Every sitting mayor in the 33rd state Assembly District has endorsed San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian for the open Assembly seat in the Nov. 2 election.

They join the California Chamber of Commerce and the California State Sheriff’s Association.

Achadjian, a Republican, is running against Democrat Hilda Zacarias and Libertarian Paul Polson. The winner will replace Sam Blakeslee, who resigned from the Assembly in August when he won a special election for the state Senate seat vacated by Abel Maldonado when he became lieutenant governor earlier this year.

The mayors are Tony Ferrara, Arroyo Grande; Roberta Fonzi, Atascadero; John Shoals, Grover Beach; Lupe Alvarez, Guadalupe; Michael Siminski, Lompoc; Janice Peters, Morro Bay; Duane Picanco, Paso Robles; Mary Ann Reiss, Pismo Beach; Dave Romero, San Luis Obispo; and Larry Lavagnino, Santa Maria.

The 33rd Assembly District encompasses all of San Luis Obispo County and northwestern Santa Barbara County.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The Empower Poly Coalition, composed of 27 Cal Poly student sustainability clubs, is endorsing Jan Marx for San Luis Obispo mayor.

“Jan Marx is a unique elected official who truly understands that we need to succeed both economically and ecologically, if our generation is to achieve a sustainable future,” Sam Gross, president of Empower Poly, said in a news release.

Marx previously served on the City Council from 1998 to 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. For more details, visit www.janmarx.com.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

SLO County

Congresswoman Lois Capps recently endorsed Marilyn Rodger for re-election for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District board. Other recent endorsements include County Supervisor Bruce Gibson.

Rodger has served on the school board for eight years.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Cuesta College

The Cuesta College Classified United Employees has endorsed Charlotte Alexander for the Cuesta College Board of Trustees.

“Alexander has demonstrated her ability to digest the issues facing Cuesta College in these trying times as well as a willingness to ask questions and seek input of the people who work at the college,” Karen Reyes, the group’s vice president, said in a news release.

Marie Kiersch, who currently sits on the Cuesta College Board of Trustees, is endorsing Alexander as her successor. Kiersch has held the seat since 1989 but is not seeking re-election.

For more details about Alexander, visit www.CharlotteAlexanderTrustee.com.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

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