Four new members join the South County Advisory Council

The South County Advisory Council has four new members.

The council, which acts as an advisory body to San Luis Obispo County on issues concerning unincorporated Nipomo, held an election Monday to fill eight seats on its board of directors. The board consists of two representatives from seven geographic areas, one from public safety and one from agriculture. There are also two ex-officio members.

Incumbents Vincent McCarthy (Area 1) and Dan Woodson (Area 2) both held on to their seats, with newcomers Michael Pieper (Area 1) and David Nilsen (Area 4) joining. Those four council seats were uncontested.

Three seats were contested this year: Area 3, Area 6 and the agriculture representative. Voters from each area elect their own representatives; the agriculture representative is voted at large. For the Area 3 seat, newcomer Richard Malvarose beat incumbent Elaine Thomas by 25 votes. Area 3 represents the community within the Nipomo Urban Reserve Line west of Highway 101, south of West Tefft Street and east of Orchard Road.

Area 6 had three candidates for one open seat: incumbent El-Jay Hansson, Kevin Beauchamp and Rudy Stowell. Beauchamp won the majority with 136 votes. Area 6 represents the area outside the Nipomo Urban Reserve Line, south of Black Lake Canyon, west of Pomeroy and Orchard roads and north of Division Street.

Incumbent Patricia Duron held on to her agricultural representative seat, beating candidate Bob Querry with 166 out of the 238 votes cast.

One Area 4 seat remains vacant because of a lack of candidates for that geographic area, which includes the communities within the Nipomo Urban Reserve Line, west of Highway 101, south of West Tefft Street and west of Orchard Road.

For more information on the council or the election, visit www.scac.ca.gov.