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In SLO, Marx takes lead, Rivoire takes council seat 

In San Luis Obispo’s mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Jan Marx comfortably held onto her seat by a wide margin. As of press time on Nov. 5, Marx had captured 74.93 percent of the vote (6,155 votes), while challengers Jeffery Specht (19.25 percent) and Donald Hedrick (5.20 percent) finished a distant second and third, respectively.

- SLO RIVOIRE:  Newly elected to the San Luis Obispo City Council, Dan Rivoire hopes to bring a spirit of consensus and attract more youthful involvement to the city proceedings. -  - PHOTO BY KAORI FUNAHASHI
  • PHOTO BY KAORI FUNAHASHI
  • SLO RIVOIRE: Newly elected to the San Luis Obispo City Council, Dan Rivoire hopes to bring a spirit of consensus and attract more youthful involvement to the city proceedings.

The San Luis Obispo City Council will get some fresh blood after up-and-comer Dan Rivoire was elected to join the group of five. Rivoire, executive director of the San Luis Obispo Bike Coalition, is rather young compared to his soon-to-be fellow colleagues. He hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the council and told New Times he hopes to build consensus on the council.

“I hope just by having a young voice on the council, younger people will feel more like they’re being listened to,” Rivoire said after pedaling up on his bicycle to his election night party.

Incumbent Carlyn Christianson was re-elected, drawing 32 percent of the vote. Rivoire was second, receiving 27 percent. Trailing behind them were Gordon Mullin, Mike Clark, and Dan Cano.

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

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