With Mayor Heather Moreno running for SLO County Supervisor, Bourbeau prepares to run for her seat

ATASCADERO — Atascadero City Councilmember Charles Bourbeau announced he will be a candidate for mayor in the November 2024 election. With current Mayor Heather Moreno running for San Luis Obispo County Supervisor (D-5), the mayor’s seat will potentially be open. The filing period for the mayoral candidates will begin later this year.

“While I decided some months ago to run, the arrival of the new year and more people inquiring makes it the right time to make an announcement,” said Bourbeau.

Bourbeau first moved to Atascadero in 1985 when his wife Melissa began teaching at Atascadero schools. He retired after a three-decade career as a full-time officer in the Army National Guard, ending as a colonel responsible for financial management, logistics, and contracting. Bourbeau volunteered with many organizations before being elected to the City Council in 2016. He was re-elected in 2020.


“While I have been on council, our city has made great progress. We have improved funding and staffing for public safety and other services,” Bourbeau said. “Substantial investment in infrastructure has resulted in improved neighborhood roads, new bridges, and new facilities, including pickleball courts and the inclusive Joy Playground. The council is promoting responsible economic development and exciting events for our residents and visitors. The city is well run and financially stable with a AAA bond rating. As mayor, I want to continue that record of progress.”

Among the people already endorsing Bourbeau for mayor are former Mayors Tom O’Malley and Rolfe Nelson. 

O’Malley said of Bourbeau, “Charles is the right candidate for mayor in 2024. He is thorough, thoughtful, and knowledgeable and brings a common sense approach to all issues facing the council. He is respected by his peers and ready to lead.”

Donn Clickard, a longtime school board member and community institution, also issued his support for Bourbeau: “[He has a] logical approach to issues and his continual support for community activities. Charles always donates all his City Council pay to good causes in our community and couples that support with physical hands-on volunteering. He is a great example of why Atascadero is a ‘we, not me community’ and how much our community accomplishes when we work together.”

Learn more about Bourbeau’s candidacy run here, charles4atascadero.com 

Feature Image: Newly announced Atascadero mayoral candidate Charles Bourbeau has served on the City Council since 2016. Contributed Photo