Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association endorses Etta Waterfield

The political action committee for one of the state's most well-known taxpayer groups has endorsed Henrietta "Etta" Waterfield in her bid to become the next assemblyperson in the 33rd district, arguing that she could best protect Proposition 13.

Protecting the proposition "is essential to keeping property taxes from consuming homeowners' budgets, " said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

"Etta Waterfield has taken a firm stance to protect Proposition 13 and to oppose any attempts to raise taxes on hard working Californians, " he wrote in a news release.

Waterfield describes herself as a small business and economic growth expert. She served as coordinator of the Economic Development Commission for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and spent six years on the Santa Maria Planning Commission.

Waterfield faces strong opposition in the GOP primary.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and San Luis Obispo financial analyst Matt Kokkonen all are in the race.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the only Democrat running.

They all are seeking to replace Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, the Assembly minority leader, who cannot run for re-election next year because of term limits. He is raising funds for a run at an as yet undesignated higher office, perhaps the state Senate, in 2012.