Nipomo community activist Paul Teixeira was leading Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman in the race to replace Katcho Achadjian to represent much of the South County on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
With just under half of the votes counted, Teixeira had a comfortable lead over Zimmerman late Tuesday.
A Teixeira victory is not likely to mean any significant change on the board.
Both Achadjian and Teixeira are conservatives who take similar views on the way the county should be run. Both are leery of regulation and taxes.
Teixeira’s presence would not affect the balance of the board, which has a 3-2 environmentalist majority.
The current board also works well together despite occasional ideological differences, unlike the board makeup that preceded it.
Teixeira, who ran on a platform of being able to get along with people, is expected to fit in with the incumbents.
Zimmerman had vowed to question county counsel decisions. He also disagrees with prevailing thought on global warming, which could have been an impediment to a board majority that is trying to embrace “green” technology.
Teixeira was reluctant to claim victory mid-evening but said he felt good about his prospects. He vowed, should he win, to work with supervisors about pension fund reform, a water plan for South County, and the Willow Road extension and freeway interchange in Nipomo.