Politics & Government

A.G. real estate broker is running for 4th District supervisor

Michael Byrd
Michael Byrd

Arroyo Grande real estate broker Mike Byrd has announced his candidacy for the 4th District county supervisor seat currently held by Caren Ray.

Byrd said his motivation for seeking the seat is to “bring balance back to the board” in what he described as the independent, nonpartisan tradition of State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Supervisor Paul Teixeira, who both formerly held the seat.

For example, Ray’s vote on vested rights in the issue of the urgency ordinance for the Paso Robles groundwater basin did not sufficiently protect property rights, he said.

“There are simply too many important issues at stake that need to be addressed thoughtfully and not through the prism of partisanship,” he said.

“Among those are water supplies and quality, affordable housing, economic development that creates and sustains good-paying jobs and support for growers and ranchers who fuel our economy.”

In addition to being a broker for nearly 30 years, Byrd has served as president and director of local chambers of commerce and served with such volunteer organizations as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Friends of Price House and is involved in ongoing efforts to construct a historical railroad display in Arroyo Grande.

Prior to opening his real estate business, Byrd worked as a truck driver, newspaper editor in Kern County, assistant to a county supervisor and a marketing consultant. One of his supporters is Peter Keith, former Grover Beach mayor and Huasna Valley resident.

“Mike Byrd has a reputation for making balanced decisions based on provable facts that benefit all involved,” Keith said. “That’s the kind of leadership we need on the Board of Supervisors and why so many of us are enthused by this decision.”

On the June 3 primary ballot, Byrd will face Ray as well as Nipomo resident Lynn Compton, who owns Valley Farm Supply with her husband, Pete.

In October, Ray was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to complete the term of Paul Teixeira, who died of a heart attack in June. Her term expires at the end of this year. Byrd applied to be appointed to Teixeira’s seat, but the governor appointed Ray.

The 4th District comprises the southernmost part of San Luis Obispo County and includes the communities of Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Oceano.