Former Atascadero mayor endorses candidate for supervisor
–Former Mayor of Atascadero and Vietnam veteran Ray Johnson has endorsed County Supervisor Debbie Arnold for her re-election campaign.
Johnson served as a combat search and rescue pilot as well as the commanding officer of a navy helicopter squadron. He served eight years on the Atascadero City Council, has been President and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation, and an Executive Member for A Better Atascadero.
“Debbie Arnold is a dedicated member of this community who is not afraid to fight for our residents and taxpayers,” said Johnson. “She is a foundation, on which her constituents can depend on, and she will continue to make this region a stronger and safer place to live, work and raise our families.”
Arnold was first elected to the board in 2012. In addition to her work as supervisor, she volunteers with numerous organizations and provides leadership for committees such as the Community Action Partnership of SLO (CAPSLO), Integrated Waste Management Authority, Air Pollution Control District of SLO, The Community Link, Latino Outreach Council, and the Regional Transportation Authority.
Arnold lives in San Luis Obispo County with her husband, Steve. They are the owners of a ranching and farming business, and grandparents of four.
She is currently facing one challenger for the seat, Eric Michielssen, a Pozo farmer. The Fifth District includes the communities of Atascadero, Cal Poly (portion), California Valley, Creston, Garden Farms, Pozo, San Luis Obispo (portion), Templeton (portion), and Santa Margarita.