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John Hamon announces bid for county supervisor 

John Hamon Jr. Paso Robles City Council

John Hamon Jr.

Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon Jr. announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the open San Luis Obispo County First District Supervisor seat that is expected to be vacated by Frank Mecham in 2016. Mecham said in January that he does not plan to run for re-election. He will finish out his second term in 2016.

“I think I can do a good job at the supervisor level,” Hamon said about why he’s running for that seat. “I think I can continue [Frank Mecham’s] leadership and maybe add a little.”

He said he didn’t see any other conservative Republicans stepping up to it, so he decided to take that lead.

“Rising city revenues need to be spent on our public services and facilities maintenance first and not increased employee wages,” Hamon wrote on his website. “In this time of recovery, we must spend our money wisely to improve our town first. ​Our Roblans have been patient through the recession but now it is time to start returning services to pre-2008 levels.”

Hamon was elected for his third four-year term on the Paso Robles City Council in 2014. That term ends in 2018. He has also served as board member and past chair of the Integrated Waster Management Authority, the SLO County Air Pollution Control District and the Nacimiento Water Project Commission. He has been the council liaison for the Paso Robles Youth Sports Commission, Paso Robles High School Youth Leadership Commission, Paso Robles Parks and Recreation Commission, Paso Robles School District/Government Roundtable, and the Paso Robles Airport Advisory Committee.

Hamon owns Hamon Overhead Door and is a fourth generation Central Coast resident. His Portuguese great-grandfather arrived to the county to work on the Cuesta Grade train tunnel in the 1890s. Hamon graduated from Cal Poly in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Industrial Technology.

He’s married to Marjorie and they have two children. He’s been a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rose Catholic Church, committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 60, a volunteer firefighter and captain for the city’s fire department, Paso Robles Rotary Club member and a past president, member and chair of Paso Robles Planning Commission, founding and board member for Paso Robles Children’s Museum, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board member and an Industrial Department advisory board member.

“I am an experienced, proven, and trusted leader in matters of city and county government,” Hamon said during his bid for city council in 2014. “As a financially responsible small business owner, I vote with a practical, common sense approach with spending precious public tax dollars and listen carefully to our Roblans’ concerns on issues that they are passionate about. … I strive to always work collaboratively with my other colleagues to arrive upon a mutual agreement that is beneficial to all concerned.”

To contact Hamon or the committee to elect him to the city council, call (805) 238-0524, email jhamon@tcsn.net or go to www.electjohnhamon.net.

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