Politics & Government

Bruce Gibson seeking re-election to Board of Supervisors

Citing his record of environmental protection and economic progress, Bruce Gibson has officially announced his campaign for election to a third term as San Luis Obispo County’s 2nd District supervisor.

Gibson, 61, said his campaign will focus on keeping the momentum on those two issues moving forward. He also said creating jobs, promoting financial stability of the county and fighting urban sprawl will continue to be priorities.

So far, Muril Clift of Cambria is the only challenger in the June 3 primary election. The deadline for filing candidacy papers is in March.

Gibson said he is most proud of two accomplishments while in office — approval of the Los Osos sewer project and construction of a new public library in Cambria.

The installation of an entire sewage collection and treatment system in Los Osos has caused more than 30 years of controversy. Construction of the $173 million project began in September 2012.

“It has been the top of my list since I took office,” Gibson said. “It would be a great satisfaction for me to see it go into operation in my third term.”

Gibson also said that securing a new public library in Cambria was a real accomplishment in tough economic times. “I’ll be thrilled and honored to be there for the official opening on Jan. 29,” he said.

As chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gibson has also played a prominent role in responding to the crisis in the Paso Robles groundwater basin, one of the biggest issues to face the county in years.

However, one problem hangs over Gibson’s re-election ambitions: an affair he had with his legislative assistant that came to light in November 2012. The incident could lead some voters to question his judgment, but Gibson said he plans to focus on the issues affecting his district.

“It might be an issue with some folks,” Gibson said. “But anyone who has ever worked with this office knows that we provide good service for our constituents.”

Gibson is a resident of Cayucos and was first elected in 2006. His 2nd District covers the county’s North Coast from the Monterey County line south to Los Osos and inland to San Luis Obispo.