Atascadero's first mayor endorses Etta Waterfield

The first mayor of Atascadero, Bob Wilkins, has endorsed Etta Waterfield in her effort to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly.

Blakeslee cannot run again because of term limits.

"Etta Waterfield is committed to improving the economy for small business owners like me, " Wilkins said in a news release. "Just as important, she is a good person who understands our community and is committed to protecting our quality of life."

Wilkins was among the leaders of the effort to incorporate Atascadero during the 1970s, according to the news release from Waterfield, and served as the city's first mayor in 1979.

Current Atascadero Mayor Roberta Fonzi and Atascadero Councilman Bob Kelley also have endorsed Waterfield.

Other Republican candidates in the 33rd Assembly District include San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Katcho Achadjian, San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the sole Democrat in the race.

Waterfield is a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, and served for nearly a decade as coordinator of the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission.