There has been a lot of confusing rhetoric in our mayoral election, with conflicting information everywhere about what the candidates actually represent. However, their true beliefs and intentions have been in plain sight within their campaign slogans all along.
Heidi Harmon's slogan is "People, Prosperity, and Planet." This represents her values of social equity, economic vitality, and environmentalism, and her actions support these words. Last year, she declared San Luis Obispo a "welcoming city" for everyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status. She approved workforce and affordable housing to address the housing shortage, which threatens local jobs and businesses. She expanded our open space and is working to make San Luis Obispo carbon neutral by 2035.
By contrast, Keith Gurnee's slogan "For our Neighborhoods" shows his representation of a narrow, but powerful, constituency who oppose any change, even if it benefits the greater community at large. His actions also support his campaign slogan; he opposed environmentally friendly bike lanes in the Anholm neighborhood and tried to stop essential workforce housing due to his perceived impact on surrounding developments. His campaign slogan should really be "For a Few Neighborhoods" since he seems to support the wealthy, the corporations, and those who would marginalize anyone struggling to get by.
We need a mayor who will serve the interests of everyone, not a small and vocal minority. Vote Heidi Harmon for mayor!
San Luis Obispo