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Supes: Heating Up

Three county supervisors — Jerry Lenthall, Harry Ovitt and Jim Patterson — are up for re-election and though the voting is months away, interest is already heating up. The first fund-raising reporting period for campaign contributions ended on the last day of June, and the reports (open to the public) will be filed with the County Clerk by the end of July.

In District 3, incumbent Jerry Lenthall, who raised more than $250,000 to first get elected, has pledged to raise $500,000 to get re-elected. It will be interesting to see where Jerry’s money is coming from and whether or not the size of his donations becomes an issue in the campaign. Meanwhile, challenger Adam Hill will have to prove he’s a credible candidate with some kind of respectable war chest. Let’s see who is giving what to whom.

Meanwhile, in District 1, the momentum seems to be with Paso Robles mayor Frank Meacham, who is definitely taking it to Harry Ovitt. Former PR police chief Dennis Cassidy endorsed Meacham and both Sam Blakeslee and Kevin McCarthy on getting on board to help Frank, whose campaign slogan is “It’s time.” Perhaps. Ovitt will draw his support from the rural areas and both the Farm Bureau and the Cattleman’s Association. Will it be enough?

Finally, no clear challenger has emerged to take on Jim Patterson in District 5. Tom O’Malley’s name keeps floating, but he has too much baggage from Wal Mart. Mike Ryan is supposedly toying with the idea of running. I still look to first-time Deb Arnold to step up and run.

Whatis pretty certain is this: campaign finance records will be broken in our three local races. There’s a good chance that as much as 1.5 million dollars could be spent.

Is this anyway to run an election???????

  1. Anonymous
    July 17, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Jerry will be back
    Ryan will run and win
    Ovitt will squash any attempt to unseat him

    Then…Maybe then can SLO county begin to provide the growth we are so desperately needing!

    Low paying jobs and $650,000 statyer homes will soon be a thing of the past.

    SLO county needs to leave it’s puberty and grow up!

  2. Disgusted voter
    July 17, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Meacham winning won’t change anything. He’s just as conservative as Ovitt.

    Lenthall will squash anyone who gets in his way. Too much at stake.

  3. Meg from Pismo
    July 17, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Upsets are coming.

    Lenthall goes down, Ovitt goes down, the development industry has too many of its own concerns to pump up their Supes with oodles of money.

    Both Hill and Mecham are pro-tourism, so that will satisfy plenty of local big-wigs.

  4. pro reasonable growth
    July 18, 2007 at 12:36 am

    meg!!!!!!!!! We are in a zero growth town & county! Develpers?? Get a grip!
    Houses here start at 19 times that average family income! That number should be should be around 4-6 max!
    You “environazi-no growther-tax supported-retired hacks” need a wake up call!
    Reasonable growth wins…Loopy enviro-no growthers are all washed up in the city and county.
    How much longer do we need to drive to santa maria to shop and work!?

  5. SLO Growther
    July 18, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Meg is right. Lenthall goes down. Time for him to renew his contractor’s license.

  6. Anonymous
    July 18, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    I feel so sorry for anyone who got into a new home over the last two or three years. They are SO upside down. So much into the red. God help if there loan was a ARM. Can you say bankrupt! Look for another -20 to -30% off, before things get better.

  7. Mel from Avila
    July 20, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t know Adam Hill yet, but he will get my vote because he’s opposing Lenthall. Lenthall has been a terrible, incompetent Supervisor (and yes, I voted for him in 2004).

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