Two campaigning against Katcho

Growth on the Nipomo Mesa is a major campaign issue for both candidates who are challenging 4th District county supervisor Katcho Achadjian in the June 6 primary.

 Chris McSweeney and Judith Wirsing filed their campaign papers last week. Wirsing, who’s served six years on the board of the Nipomo Community Services District, has said she’s running against Achadjian to slow down growth on the Mesa. She’s come out in favor of controlled growth in line with available resources.

 McSweeney, 50, a salesman for the hospitality industry and a newcomer to politics, says he wants to serve the majority of the people, not special interests. “Everyone I’ve talked to is absolutely opposed to the type of growth the county has approved—huge complexes with hundreds of homes and golf courses. A certain amount of growth is fine, such as in the rural residential zone with one home on five acres.�

 The county is “putting the cart before the horse,� McSweeney says, by not making sure roads were in place before allowing so many new houses.

 McSweeney has a bachelor’s degree in administrative management from CSU Los Angeles, and lives at Cypress Ridge with his dog Shiva. You can contact him at ∆

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