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The following article was posted on October 22nd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 33 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 33

Nipomo businesswoman Lynn Compton enters SLO County's 4th District supervisor race

BY JONO KINKADE


IN THIS CORNER …
Nipomo resident Lynn Compton recently announced that she’ll be running against Caren Ray in June 2014 for San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District supervisor seat.
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Almost immediately after San Luis Obispo County’s newest supervisor, Caren Ray, was sworn in, the seat quickly attracted competition.

Lynn Compton of Nipomo announced her candidacy for the board’s 4th District seat on Oct. 10. The seat, which represents parts of south SLO County—including Nipomo, Oceano, parts of Arroyo Grande, and areas east of Highway 166—was left vacant in June after the unexpected death of then-Supervisor Paul Teixeira. It remained empty all summer as Gov. Jerry Brown considered a slew of applicants before appointing Arroyo Grande resident Ray, who served on that city’s council before her appointment.

Ray was sworn in on Oct. 8. Two days later, Compton held her kick-off party at the Edwards Barn, a popular wedding and event venue in Nipomo.

While the quick announcement might be perceived as a challenge of sorts, Compton told the Sun she’d been planning to run for the seat since she decided to apply for the governor’s appointment. Compton said she was flown to Sacramento for an interview with the governor. She also said she waited to announce her campaign for the position until after Ray was sworn in out of respect for the seat and the Teixeira family.

She implied that the geographical center of the county is a bit disconnected with its southernmost district.

“There are a lot of decisions going on in this county, being made by the board of supervisors, that may work in certain areas and certain districts, and I don’t necessarily think they’ll work down here in Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, or Oceano,” Compton said.

The 4th District—a seat sometimes considered a swing vote on the board—has a Republican advantage in the polls. The fact that a Democratic governor appointed the current supervisor is likely to create a stir among district residents in the upcoming election.

“It should be the people that decide, not the governor, with no disrespect to the governor,” Compton said.

Compton has a minimal political and public record. She’s volunteered at, or been a member of, numerous organizations, including schools and chambers of commerce, as well as several agricultural groups, such as the Cattlemen’s Association, the Farm Bureau, California Women in Agriculture, and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers.

Compton and her husband run a business in Santa Maria called Valley Farm Supply, which sells fertilizers, pesticides, and other goods to agriculturists—primarily strawberry growers—throughout the Santa Maria Valley and other parts of California.

Attending the Oct. 10 kick-off party was 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold and Mike Brown, government affairs director and head of the SLO County wing of Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business (COLAB).

Compton has hired Meridian Pacific, Inc. to run her campaign. The political consulting company, which often works for Republican candidates, ran Arnold’s and Pismo Beach Mayor Pro Tem Ed Waage’s campaigns in 2012, as well other local campaigns. It also worked for John McCain at the national level.

The primary election will take place on June 3, 2014, and will decide either an outright victor if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, or narrow the field down to two for a runoff campaign.

Ray plans to run to maintain her seat in the upcoming election.“I welcome all entrants into the race, and I look forward to the campaign,” Ray wrote in an e-mail to the Sun.