Update: Beraud responds to Arnold campaign statement


For the second time in two weeks, and the third time since the beginning of 2020, Ellen Beraud ducked a public debate with SLO County Supervisor Debbie Arnold in the Fifth District Supervisor race.

Wednesday night, Beraud no-showed the Templeton Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum, denying voters the opportunity to gain clarity on her record. A week prior, she failed to attend the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau’s candidate forum.

She also refused to attend a forum hosted by the San Luis Obispo Taxpayers Association.


“Voters don’t want a chicken as Supervisor,” said Alex Tavlian, Arnold campaign spokesman. “By ducking debates, Ellen Beraud has shown she is incapable of delivery [sic] real answers about improving SLO County that don’t come from a script.”

During her tenure as a City Councilwoman, Beraud was well-known for storming out of Atascadero City Council meetings during heated debates over her own action.

“There are two candidates in this race: one that can provide real solutions and give real answers to keep SLO County affordable and solve our homelessness crisis. The other can’t bother to show up to a job interview,” Tavlian said.

“With each forum, it’s become clear that Debbie Arnold is the only candidate with the experience and guts to create real solutions.”


“The issues this community is facing are real and don’t leave time for playground games. I’m at a forum tonight in SLO, my third one with five to go in the next month. There is no lack of opportunity for voters to hear from me. And these forums are just one way for connection with voters. We are actively walking neighborhoods, showing up at community events and I welcome people to reach out to me personally any time. My priority is connection with the members of our community. People can reach me through my website, ellen@ellenforsupervisor.com