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John Hamon launches campaign for county supervisor 

John Hamon

Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon officially kicked off his campaign for First District Supervisor. Photos by Jackie Iddings.

–Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon launched his campaign for First District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor on Wednesday. Speaking from the bed of a vintage fire truck at the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, Hamon said he was running for supervisor because he wants to “lead our district into a secure conservative future.”

In his announcement speech, Hamon said he intends to continue to protect North County rights. Hamon said he will “listen to the constituents” and “act to get things done by paying attention to community opinion and using a sensible can do attitude.” Hamon supports local control and said, “Self governing decisions are the best decisions to protect local rights.” Hamon said he is an advocate for small business and believes that local industry and long term family businesses support the economic stability of the county. Hamon said his intent to work to “reduce regulation wherever possible.”

Hamon is a lifetime resident of San Luis Obispo County and has been a businessman for the past 39 years as owner of Hamon Overhead Doors as well as serving 19 years as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and the airport fire station captain. Hamon’s community service includes founding and current board member for the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, memberships in the Paso Robles Rotary Club and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 60. Hamon’s public service includes five years on the Paso Robles Planning Commission, where he also served as chairman, and three terms on the Paso Robles City Council. Hamon and his wife, Marjorie, live in Paso Robles and have two adult children. The Hamons were honored as 2015 Roblans of the Year by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.

In a post-announcement interview, Hamon said he wants to “bring the North County voice to the Board of Supervisors.” Hamon stated he believes he can contribute a “stronger and more efficient voice.”

John Hamon was introduced by Harry Ovitt, former First District supervisor.

John Hamon was introduced by Harry Ovitt, former First District supervisor.

Sharon Rowe, a 30 year Paso Robles resident, who came out to support Hamon’s candidacy said Hamon has “been a good listener through the years and we’ve gotten results.” Debbie Minton, another supporter from Paso Robles said Hamon makes “good, informed decisions. He does his homework.”

Hamon was introduced by Harry Ovitt, former first district supervisor preceding Frank Mecham. Mecham announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking relection in 2016. Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin announced his intention to run for the first district seat in May. San Miguel Community Services District Director Anthony Kalvans announced his candidacy in June. The election is June 7, 2016.

district one

This map highlights the first district of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

The first district boundaries extend from the Monterey County line to the north, to the Kern County line to the east, it includes the community of Templeton to the south and extends to the mountain range that includes Adelaide and York Mountain to the west. The first district is about 651,000 acres, with a population of approximately 53,860 residents. There is one incorporated city in the district which is Paso Robles.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.