Longtime San Luis Obispo resident Heidi Harmon plans to challenge state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian during the June 3 primary election for the seat he currently holds in Sacramento.
Harmon announced her candidacy this week, and her name will appear on the ballot as candidate for the 35th District Assembly seat that represents Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria.
The Democrat said she was spurred to run, in part, because she believes her opponent has not represented all of the interests of the Central Coast, especially when it comes to the environment, during his time in state office.
Achadjian, a Republican, was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning re-election in 2012. The two-year seat is termed out after six years.
She pointed to Achadjian’s low lifetime rating from the California League of Conservation Voters that’s based on his 28-percent record of voting in favor of environmental issues as evidence he isn’t recognizing the local impact of climate change is here and growing, Harmon said.
“Assemblyman Achadjian has failed to take leadership on the biggest environmental challenges facing our community,” Harmon said, adding she is concerned about the growing climate crisis. “We deserve better.”
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Harmon is convinced the Central Coast is ready to step up to the challenge of climate change and embark on a road to a clean energy future, she said.
“It is our representative’s civic duty to no longer run away from this challenge but, instead, face this historic moment and recognize the opportunities for our community that lie within the solutions,” Harmon added.
The Cal Poly graduate’s grassroots campaign addresses the critical concerns — economic development, education policies, affordable health care and finding realistic and inclusive solutions to California’s water crisis — of the Central Coast, and she’ll help find solutions to those concerns if elected, she said.
“The Central Coast deserves leadership that motivates and supports our local communities and businesses to become the innovators in clean energy solutions,” Harmon said. “We deserve a viable economic plan that works now and into the future and that requires a responsible climate and energy strategy that guarantees our viability.”