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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of San Luis ObispoCandidate for Mayor

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Heidi Harmon

Office Manager
10,522 votes (49.76%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Solutions to our affordable and work-force housing crisis.
  • Proactive community engagement, bringing your voice to city decisions.
  • Leadership on drought and climate, ensuring a resilient water supply.



Profession:Office Manager, Former Educator
Bernie Sanders Delegate, Democratic National Convention — Elected position (2016–2016)


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Liberal Studies (not availa)
Cuesta College (A.A.), Early Childhood Education (not availa)

Community Activities

Former Board Member, League of Women Voters (not availa–not availa)
Former Board Member, Planned Parenthood (not availa–not availa)
Graduate, Emerge California (not availa–not availa)
Current Director, San Luis Obispo (not availa–current)
Climate Change Task Force Chair, Santa Lucia Sierra Club (not availa–current)


As an advocate for positive solutions in San Luis Obispo for the past 30 years, Heidi has watched our city change and grow. She is running for Mayor to bring fresh ideas to our local government, and to support your vision for our city. As your Mayor, she will be committed to implementing creative housing solutions, developing practices to support local businesses, strengthening relationships within the diverse voices of our residents, revitalizing the unique culture of our downtown, and enhancing community resilience through energy efficiency and sustainability in our changing climate. Heidi is a reform-minded leader, passionate about keeping the voice and concern of local residents at the forefront of everything she does.

Arriving in San Luis Obispo thirty years ago as a college student, Heidi found the charm and community irresistible and she stayed to make a life here. She graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Cuesta College, followed by a BA in liberal studies from Cal Poly.

Heidi worked as an early childhood educator in San Luis Obispo for many years. The more she got to know the young people and families in our area, the more of her time and energy she gave to the community to make it even better for future generations. Running both a singalong music program for preschool children, and a home cleaning business, Heidi has firsthand experience in our dynamic economy. She has become a proactive, committed advocate for environmental issues in the area. As the Director of SLO 350 and a point person with Protect SLO- Stop Oil Trains, Heidi has been able to work with many local businesses, leaders and community members to fully understand the scope of environmental, conservation and sustainability challenges our community faces.

In 2014, she took an innovative grassroots approach to her first political campaign for State Assembly. Heidi’s campaign focused on campaign-finance reform, income equality, and climate change. She has and will continue to fight for people who have been left out of our political and economic systems. Heidi believes that Democracy starts and ends with the voice of the people, and to honor that voice, she is running for Mayor of San Luis Obispo in 2016.

Heidi raised her children in SLO as a working single mother. Her daughter Zoie, is a graduate of the UCLA film department, and her son Jack, is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz music department. Her concern and joy in their futures and the futures of all our children is the fuel that powers her political passion. Most days you can find Heidi and her husband Larry hiking local trails, collaborating with community members, and enjoying downtown cafes.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Nurses Association
  • Citizens Congress

Individuals (1)

  • A Coalition of SLO Residents

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

San Luis Obispo leadership has a role in developing the social capital and assets of a thriving and resilient community. SLO’s network of organizations, businesses, and residents can be strengthened through increased communication and interaction among all of our groups. As connections are created and relationships built, individuals and institutions are increasingly able to recognize each other’s assets and resources, and form new partnerships.

Just as Cal Poly and the business sector have a mutually beneficial relationship through student internships, the mayor’s office and city council can facilitate new networks for business opportunities, disaster preparedness, and citizen engagement on local issues. Local government acts as a nexus of collaboration, building bridges throughout the community; it is leadership of the people, by the people, and for the people. When residents feel that their voice is heard and see government respond to their needs, they in turn are more likely to contribute to working on behalf of their community.

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— October 11, 2016

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