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Heidi Harmon to challenge SLO mayor 

Local activist, artist, and educator Heidi Harmon will take on San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx in the November election.

The longtime San Luis Obispo resident filed election papers on Aug. 4, joining Don Hedrick, a welder and regular speaker at City Council meetings who’s run several unorthodox campaigns for mayor in the last decade. Marx was first elected mayor in 2010 and would term out in 2018 if she is re-elected this year.

Harmon told New Times her focus will be on key issues facing the city, including housing availability, cost, and development; the ongoing shaping of downtown; relations with Cal Poly; and tourism.

“San Luis Obispo is really at a precipice, and we as a community really need to decide what we want the city to be,” Harmon said.

Harmon recently returned from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Penn., where she was a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Harmon said her decision to run for mayor was also inspired by a hope to keep Sanders’ supporters engaged in politics at a local level.

In 2014, she unsuccessfully challenged 35th District State Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian in 2014, bringing in 37 percent of the vote. 

-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay

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