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Templeton Area Advisory Group

Elections will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 420 Crocker St.

– The Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) will be hosting its annual election on Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Templeton Services District Boardroom located at 420 Crocker Street in Templeton.

Voters must be registered within the boundaries of the Templeton Unified School District. Four of the seven board seats are up for election.

Candidate statements are as follows:

Doris Diel, Incumbent

I’m Doris Diel and I’m running to be a delegate of the 2022 TAAG board. I was an appointed member for 2021 and would like to continue to give back to my community as an elected delegate of TAAG. I have lived in San Luis Obispo county for 45 years. I am a retired RN and have worked in our county hospitals and surgery clinics for 30 years until I retired.

I care very much about education, children, and families. I was a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) for children in the foster care system for several years with some very satisfactory successes.

In addition, I have many interests and activities I enjoy. I’ve been in the same book club for 20 years, I belong to Paso Robles women’s golf club, SLO county golf club, a hiking group, and I am a hobbyist beekeeper. I volunteer for the SLO county film festival, I’m learning photography, pickleball and am a dog lover!

I would like to continue as a member of the TAAG board to support the families, small business owners and educators of our town and help preserve the wonderful small-town charm of Templeton.

Murray Powell, Incumbent

I am currently a Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) Board member seeking reelection on March 12 to the board. I have been a member of TAAG since 2016 and have served as TAAG’s Vice Chairman since 2019 and as Treasurer since 2017. I am also Chairman of TAAG’s Cannabis Project Review Committee and have served on various other TAAG committees since 2016.

I moved my family to the SLO North County area (Atascadero) in 1987 and then to my current West Templeton area home in 2001. My two children graduated from Atascadero High School (1997 and 2001). I am a San Francisco-born California native raised in the SF Bay area. I served six years (1962-1968) in the US Navy with 4-1/2 years of sea duty on a US submarine and two US destroyers. I am a Vietnam veteran having served on destroyers in the far east for approximately 3 years (1964-1966 and 1967 – 1968). Upon discharge from the Navy in 1968, I enrolled in college and graduated from San Jose State University in 1972 with a BS in Business Administration. I practiced as a Public Certified Accountant until 1990 and then became the General Manager and financial officer of a large home building construction company located in the SF Bay Area until retirement in 2012.

I look forward to serving on TAAG for the 2022 -2024 term that will be voted on by Templeton Community area members on March 12th. I am very concerned with the nature of development and changes that have occurred in Templeton and in the general SLO North County area that are impacting our rural lifestyle.

TAAG is a vital “watchdog” county-recognized organization representing the unincorporated greater Templeton area. TAAG’s mission is to gather and convey public opinion regarding land use projects and other matters that impact our community and our neighborhoods through interaction with SLO County Supervisors, commissions, government agencies and departments, and interested parties during TAAG publicly noticed meetings and submits recommendations and public opinion to our supervisors and other government representatives for consideration regarding county decisions involving the North County and Templeton area. My goal is to improve and expand

TAAG’s influence and effectiveness in notifying and involving our community members in county decisions that that are affecting our quality of life.

Your vote on March 12 will be appreciated. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Murray Powell (805) 434-0707 or (510) 914-3753 (cell). Email:

Scott Shirley, Incumbent

I have lived on the Central Coast for ten years and have been a Templeton resident for the past five years. Both of my daughters attended Templeton schools and my youngest daughter is currently at Templeton High. I joined the TAAG board in June 2021 and serve on the Project Review and Traffic committees. I feel it is important to remain in close communication with the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors so that we may protect the standard of living which Templeton residents expect: a safe community in which to live and raise families, in neighborhoods respectful of our rural county’s current development plan that allows for managed growth, without urban sprawl.

Jerry Jones, Templeton resident

Background information:

  • Resident of Paso Robles since 1944, (except for a stint in the Navy and six years in the state of Washington)
  • Past Director of Legislative Affairs, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Vice President, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
  • Liaison between PRCC and County of San Luis Obispo
  • Authored several articles for PRCC regarding No-Growth vs Pro-Growth in San Luis Obispo County
  • Past Chairman and co-chairman of Agri-Businesss Tour
  • Past Co-chairman of California John Deere Dealer Council
  • Past member of Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board (State of Washington)
  • Past member of NWSTC (Northwest Safety Training Council) Steering Committee
  • Past Chairman ARCO Contractor Safety Council
  • Retired member of ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers)
  • Written and published several agricultural-based articles, including extensive research papers on techniques, management and results of No-Till farming practices.
  • Performed research and development on behalf of John Deere for Lanai Diversified Co. on the island of Lanai with respect to the change in farming practices from sugar cane to field crops.


Scott Silveira, Templeton resident

I am declaring my interest in running for the Templeton Area Advisory Group. As a long time Cattle Rancher and Horse Trainer in Northern San Luis Obispo County, I have a vested interest in protecting and preserving the way of life many have come to appreciate about Templeton. Our town represents the agriculture community and focus on strong family values that remain deep-rooted amongst our residents. I welcome those who are interested in living our Templeton way of life but also realize there are always entities looking to undermine what we have built. As a board member, I seek to protect those values of agricultural preservation, crime reduction and safe communities, protection against the encroaching cannabis industry, or other industries that are not supported by our residents and providing a place for. Templeton residents to raise their families away from the “big city” life.

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