Heidi Harmon will be the mayor of San Luis Obispo for a second term, beating out challengers Keith Gurnee and Donald Hedrick. With 92.31 percent of precincts reporting, Harmon is in the lead with 59.44 percent of reported votes. Harmon’s second campaign was “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”
“A more forward thinking view of San Luis Obispo is winning, so I think that’s a win for the city and that’s definitely a win for the campus and the students,” Harmon said from her election night party. “We’re all excited about the future of San Luis Obispo.”
Harmon has set high environmental goals for San Luis Obispo, with hopes to make the city’s carbon footprint zero by 2035.
At the Mustang News mayoral debate, Harmon said she believes San Luis Obispo is a special place and community members have an obligation to keep it as such. She also said since the government will never develop into the city’s open space, the community needs to be smart about where affordable housing will be approved and developed. Harmon said she believes the city needs to increase density for greater affordability.
Harmon, who said students contributed to her 2016 win, said she believes in more relationships and less ordinances. She said she is proud of her work toward better relationships so far, including her council making the party registration program permanent and voting against an expansion of the safety enhancement zone around St. Patrick’s Day.
Erica A. Stewart
Erica A. Stewart was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Stewart plans to improve city outreach programs and work more directly with local students.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., STEWART IS IN SECOND WITH 20.6 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
Abe Lincoln was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Lincoln is the director of a local non-profit and wants to focus on healthcare for all and eliminating homelessness.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., LINCOLN IS IN FIFTH WITH 9.83 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
Bob Voglin was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Voglin plans to slow down development in San Luis Obispo and increase mental health services for the homeless.
AS OF 10:20 P.M.,VOGLIN IS IN SIXTH WITH 6.14 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
James Lopes was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Lopes plans to balance job growth with increased affordable housing and accelerate Cal Poly’s Master Plan implementation.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., LOPES IS IN THIRD WITH 18.76 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
Incumbent Carlyn Christianson was elected to serve another four years on San Luis Obispo’s city council. Christianson plans to continue her focus on affordable housing, increased transportation and environmental issues.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., CHRISTIANSON IS IN FIRST WITH 26.93 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
Jeffery C. Specht
Jeffery C. Specht was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Specht is an advocate for veterans and the homeless and plans to focus on affordable housing.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., SPECHT IS IN SEVENTH WITH 5.58 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.
Sarah Flickinger was elected to San Luis Obispo’s city council. Flickinger plans to take a data-driven approach to council and focus on environmental and housing issues.
AS OF 10:20 P.M., FLICKINGER IS IN FOURTH WITH 12.04 PERCENT OF COUNTED VOTES.