Arnold announces for 2020

Debbie Arnold - submitted portrait

SAN LUIS OBISPO — San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold has announced her campaign to retain her second district seat in 2020.

She’s one of many politicians in local elections across the state to be affected by California’s recent move up of their primary to influence Presidential elections, and she noted in an interview Monday, she sympathizes with voters still in recovery from a contentious midterm season.

Arnold currently serves as Chair of the Board of Supervisors and represents the communities of Northern San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Atascadero, East Templeton, Creston, Ground Squirrel Hollow (South of Highway 46 East), and Carrisa Plains.

“I feel like I’m becoming an old hand at running these [campaigns],” she said, but added that it does take significant additional time and energy while still holding the office, “the first ballot is in just over a year and we do tend to give people a break, wind it down, around Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s only two months to get the word out again next year.”

Arnold was first elected to the Board in 2012 and previously spent 17 years as owner of Small Wonders Preschool in Atascadero. On the Board, she is known for representing the views of rural and ranch communities in addition to taking some pride in the County’s projects around the more urbanized government center in San Luis Obispo.

She currently serves on the board of the Latino Outreach Council, the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) Board, and Cen Cal Health Board of Directors. Arnold is also a member of the Campus Planning Committee at Cal Poly and a member of the Atascadero Groundwater Sustainability Agency, as well as being Past Chair of the Homeless Services Oversight Council.

Although she lists water concerns in the North County, particularly sustainability around the Paso Robles Water Basin, at the top of her priorities for a new term, Arnold cites progress on other issues, such as the opening of the San Luis Obispo County Homeless Services Center on Prado Road.

“I think on the big things we’ve done a great job of coming together to act as a unified Board,” she added, pointing as well to expansion of the County’s regional airport and new commuter lines.

Saying that she wouldn’t change anything in how she operates in a new term, Arnold did note areas where she would maintain some pressure; roads and infrastructure maintenance across thousands of miles of North County asphalt, focusing on community control of water and finishing out the County’s slate of marijuana regulations.

Arnold said her campaign would begin official events in the next month with her website being updated at, and the public invited to broach topics of concern directly at 805-471-1994.


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