I am supporting Eric Michielssen, who is running against incumbent Debbie Arnold for the 5th District supervisory seat. Local elections matter.
Whether to approve transporting toxic, highly flammable oil by rail, as part of Phillips 66’s proposed rail spur in Nipomo, is one such issue. Having studied the SLO Planning Commission staff recommendation for denial, and heard the public comments, Eric is opposed to these trains. It is expected that the Santa Margarita quarry proposal redesign will be resubmitted (Debbie Arnold supported it). Water issues are a top priority, and more affordable housing needs are other land use issues the board faces.
Even if you do not know Eric personally, your paths have probably crossed in North County, his home for 50 years. He has served on the Atascadero Planning Commission, as president of the Atascadero Association of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce, SLO Grange and board member of Atascadero Youth Soccer, to name a few involvements. He is currently retired and owns an organic farm in Pozo with his wife, Dana.
Eric Michielssen has a diverse background and is for finding the common ground on issues, for transparency, integrity and fact-based solutions for a responsible and accountable county government. Check out www.eric4supervisor.com.
Tom Comar, Atascadero