A 31-year-old Arroyo Grande man filed papers last week announcing his intention to challenge San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton for the District 4 seat on the board of supervisors.
Jimmy Paulding, a recent law school graduate, plans to formally announce his candidacy on Sept. 4 during the County Democratic Party Labor Day picnic in Arroyo Grande, according to a Facebook post. Compton, who won the seat in 2014, is a conservative Republican.
“Hi friends!,” Paulding posted on Facebook. “BIG NEWS: I’m formally announcing my candidacy for the office of SLO County Supervisor (District 4) at the SLO County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic at Strother Park in Arroyo Grande on September 4th from 11am to 2pm. There will be great speakers and good food and beer. See you there.”
Paulding is a lifelong San Luis Obispo County resident. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School before attending Cal Poly.
In 2004, Paulding registered as a Republican. Then in 2011, he changed his party affiliation to Democratic.
District 4 has 34,368 registered voters. The district is composed of 41 percent Republicans, 33 percent Democrats, and 21 percent declined to state.
In 2014, Compton received 53.5 percent of the vote leaving then incumbent Caren Ray with 46.3 percent in a race that at times was so contentious that the Bakersfield Californian referred to it as a “slugfest.”