Sunday, October 4, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 10

Weekly Poll
SLO County’s rural areas are seeing an increase in winery expansions and events. What’s your take on it?

The more tourism dollars we bring in, the merrier!
It ain’t agriculture unless there’s manure and a tractor involved!
The struggle to keep agricultural land economically viable is real, but we have to draw the line somewhere.
You gotta fight, for your right, to paaaaarrrrtttyyyy!

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Morro Bay Councilwoman Nancy Johnson drops out


Update: Morro Bay city officials determined that blank ballots will not be counted as part of the total ballots cast, meaning John Headding will be the next city councilman with 50.7 percent of the vote.

Morro Bay City Councilwoman Nancy Johnson said she no longer intends to campaign for another term.

Johnson, who is finishing her second term on the City Council, said she decided to drop out of the race rather than continue to devote time and money to the upcoming November general election.

"I feel like I’ve done my share, my duty for the city, and now it’s time to move on," Johnson said.

As of press time, city officials were still debating the final results of the June 3 primary. Opponent John Headding was just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to secure his seat. At issue were 123 blank votes that, if not counted as part of the total ballots cast, would give Headding the needed push to definitively end the election.

City Clerk Jamie Boucher said that despite Johnson's notice to concede the election, the city still must make a determination on the final results. If the city's attorney decides that the blank ballots should be included in the total ballots cast, the election will still technically go to a runoff, even if Johnson is no longer campaigning.