The Cambrian

McLaughlin wins NCAC Area 2 vote

Mike McLaughlin has been elected as the North Coast Advisory Council’s Area 2 representative.
Mike McLaughlin has been elected as the North Coast Advisory Council’s Area 2 representative.

The North Coast Advisory Council’s Area 2 has two new representatives, according to results of an election held April 5.

With 65 votes, Mike McLaughlin, the council’s former appointed representative for the North Coast business community, is the new member. John Nixon is the alternate, having received 52 votes. Nixon had been the business alternate.

They’ll be seated at the council’s meeting Wednesday, April 20, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Rabobank, 1070 Main St. The council also is to appoint its environmental and agricultural representatives.

Other candidates included Marty Main, longtime council member, 43 votes; Bob Sfarzo, 10 votes; and Brendan Bailey, four votes.

Area 2 covers the Moonstone Beach and Happy Hill areas north to San Simeon, a community that’s part of the council’s Area 1.

According to council Chairman Bruce Fosdike, a record number of ballots were cast.

“Congratulations to the winners and kudos to all candidates for getting people out to vote for their neighborhood,” he wrote in an email notifying all council members and others about the election results.

The council of volunteers recommends actions to 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson, and through his office to all other county agencies and departments. NCAC members review items ranging from countywide land-use regulations and individual housing or commercial projects to where to install a single cellular canister antenna or stop sign.

The unpaid members serve two-year terms, during which time they also work on specific committees such as land use or traffic. Members can serve more than one term. The council meets on the third Wednesday of every month except December.