Politics & Government

Supervisor Caren Ray wants to be elected to 4th District seat

Caren Ray was sworn in as SLO County's 4th District supervisor Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Caren Ray was sworn in as SLO County's 4th District supervisor Tuesday, Oct. 8. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Caren Ray announced plans Friday to seek election to her District 4 Board of Supervisors’ seat.

In October, Ray was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to complete the term of Supervisor Paul Teixeira, who died of a heart attack in June. Her term expires at the end of 2014.

Ray said her campaign will focus on three issues, all of which are related to economic development: water, head-of-household jobs and workforce housing.

On the issue of water, Ray said she wants groundwater studies done of the entire county, not just the depleted Paso Robles groundwater basin. She does not want a similar crisis to sneak up on other parts of the county.

“The South County is experiencing a very similar issue,” she said.

She also wants to attract head-of-household jobs to the county in general and her district in particular. She cited as an example MindBody, a San Luis Obispo-based company that provides software for the health, fitness and beauty industries.

“Government should make those businesses possible, not stand in the way,” she said.

The county should also be promoting the construction of workforce housing, she said. This type of housing is different from apartments and other affordable housing.

“Workforce housing is single-family homes that are affordable to teachers and firefighters,” she said. “It is shocking to me that people in those professions cannot afford housing here.”

Soon after Ray was appointed, Nipomo resident Lynn Compton announced she will run for Ray’s seat. She and her husband, Pete, own Valley Farm Supply.

The deadline for filing to run for the office is January. A primary election will be held in June. If no one wins a majority vote in the primary, the seat will be decided in the November general election.

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