Previously vice mayor, Erica Stewart was unanimously named mayor in 2021 by the San Luis Obispo City Council after former mayor Heidi Harmon resigned pursue a career as a climate advocate. This nomination helped the city avoid a special election that could have cost up to $200,000.
Now Stewart, who is the first black mayor in San Luis Obispo’s 145-year history, will announce the official launch of his mayoral campaign for the 2022 election on the steps of San Luis Obispo City Hall in 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Stewart promoted the launch announcement on her campaign Instagram account on Sunday.
The statewide primary election will take place on June 7. The general election will take place on November 8.
Stewart’s current term as mayor ends in December.
Stewart is endorsed by all of her fellow city council members.
Although she has only been mayor since October, Stewart has bigger plans for a possible next term.
“One of our main goals for the city is 20% multimodal transportation,” Stewart said. campaign website bed. “I will advocate for electric vehicle charging stations, bike-sharing programs and other traffic congestion options.”
She also advocates for San Luis Obispo to pursue its goals of becoming a “zero carbon” city. She would like to see “more water conservation methods”, an increase in the use of buses and carpooling and safer bike lanes to encourage city residents to use cleaner energy.
As an undergraduate at Cal Poly, Stewart created the first faculty grading system, according to Mustang News. She returned to San Luis Obispo after earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. She previously worked as assistant director of personnel and marketing for Cal Poly Health Center and was elected to city council in 2018.