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San Luis Obispo CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Jimmy Paulding

Infrastructure Project Manager
9,132 votes (49.84%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring fairness, non-partisanship, and rational decision-making to the Board of Supervisors.
  • Improve public health and safety by prioritizing mental health reform, clean air, and increased law enforcement presence in South County.
  • Ensure long-term, regional water security, bring much needed improvements to our roads and infrastructure repair, and proactively address our affordable housing crisis.



Profession:Infrastructure Project Manager / Attorney
Project Manager/Claims Analyst, Arcadis (2016–current)
Planner/Project Manager, Vanir Construction Management (2008–2015)
Planning Intern, City of Arroyo Grande (2007–2008)


The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (2016)
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science (B.S.), City and Regional Planning (2008)

Community Activities

Member, Oceano Kiwanis Club (2017–2018)
Member, Central Coast RockFest (2018–2018)
Celebrity Walker, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Benefitting RISE (2018–2018)
Disaster Action Team Volunteer, American Red Cross, Central Coast Chapter (2012–2014)
Ready Neighborhoods/Disaster Preparedness Volunteer, American Red Cross, Central Coast Chapter (2012–2013)


A son of Arroyo Grande and South County, Jimmy Paulding knows every street, playing field, ice cream shop, house of worship and mom-and-pop business in his community. This comes from having grown up, studied, worked, married and settled in a place that shaped who he is.

Jimmy Paulding loves South County, and will defend its values and way of life. He’s a man with a vision designed to nurture and improve what’s best about his home.

From the Swinging Bridge in Arroyo Grande Village to the dunes by Oceano Creek, from the old strawberry fields off The Pike to the eucalyptus groves of Nipomo Mesa, from the majestic oaks of Huasna Valley to the windswept beaches of the Oceano Dunes Nature Preserve – Jimmy Paulding feels these special places, and wants to protect them as the 4th District County Supervisor.

Jimmy Paulding, 32, represents a new generation that is devoted to local civic mindedness, informed by being a lifelong resident of South County whose parents taught him right from wrong, kindness, compassion, generosity, faith in God and the practical application of hard work and common sense.

An attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California, Paulding attended Arroyo Grande primary schools, graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly.

The son of a local police officer and a high school teacher, Paulding today analyzes, negotiates, and resolves disputes for a large design and construction management firm.

Solving land use issues is in Jimmy’s blood. While at Cal Poly, he interned with the City of Arroyo Grande Community Development Department, where he processed permit applications, performed plan checks, drafted staff reports and delivered presentations to staff, the Architectural Review Committee, Historic Resources Committee, and Planning Commission. While at the City, Jimmy was acknowledged for his hard work in addressing – through public outreach and zoning policy research – the controversial issue of “mansionization” that was impacting the historic neighborhoods of the Arroyo Grande village.

Upon graduation, Jimmy worked for seven years for Vanir Construction Management, Inc. as a planner and project manager. Always contracting with government clients, such as SLO County, Del Norte County, Butte County, Kings County, and the State of California, Jimmy gained strong first-hand knowledge of local and state government operations. Helping local governments plan, budget, design, bid and build multi-million dollar construction projects such as wastewater treatment plants, road improvements, county jail expansions, and county airport redevelopments is Jimmy’s expertise. His private sector training has been an asset in his ability to find creative, cost-effective solutions for government projects. Budget and schedule management are Jimmy’s two strongest suits.

When Jimmy sets his mind to something, he gets it done. While working, he attended night school at the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law where he commuted three nights a week to Santa Barbara and back.

He earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2016 and passed the California Bar exam in February 2017 on his first try.

Jimmy, now an attorney, currently works for Arcadis North America Inc., a global design and consultancy firm. Jimmy’s current work efforts include advising SLO County on construction and assisting corporate counsel on legal claims.

Jimmy met his wife, Kendra, at Cal Poly in 2007. They married in 2009. They currently live in Arroyo Grande off Huasna Road with their miniature golden doodle dog, Remy. When time permits, Jimmy and Kendra love to garden, cook, and take long dog walks and hikes. Jimmy also plays electric guitar and sings in the local band, Oso Sol.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Faculty Association-Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Chapter

Organizations (15)

  • SLO Tribune
  • Ironworkers Local 155
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 403
  • Operating Engineers Local 12
  • Teamsters Local 986
  • Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter
  • San Luis Obispo County Probation Peace Officers Association
  • San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association
  • California Nurses Association
  • UDW Homecare Providers Union, AFSCME Local 3930
  • Central Coast Labor Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 639
  • Tri-Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Laborer’s International Union of North America Local 220

Elected Officials (20)

  • Gary Spelbring
  • Mariam Shah
  • Dan Rivoire
  • Karen Bright
  • Kristen Barneich
  • Aaron Gomez
  • Joe Costello
  • Jim Guthrie
  • Marcia Guthrie
  • Heidi Harmon
  • Art Herbon
  • Douglas Hilton
  • Istar Holliday
  • Kevin Beauchamp
  • Cody King
  • Jan Marx
  • Barbara Nicholls
  • Andy Pease
  • Caren Ray
  • Carlyn Christianson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jimmy Paulding is running for Supervisor to change the board so it represents ALL the people, not just the few. 

Three of today’s five supervisors form a rigid, ideological voting block. Most often they vote to protect the financial well-being of big business, disregarding human issues and human rights.

In their pursuit of big money from big donors, they frequently ignore defending our health, safety and quality of life, ignore helping the disadvantaged, and ignore protecting our land, air, ocean and waterways.

Are We Better Off Than In The Past?:

Today’s politicized Board of Supervisors has accomplished little regarding what citizens actually need. Honestly, are we better off than we were four years ago? For example …

  • Organized crime, homelessness, opioid and mental health problems afflict South County.  Police are stretched to their limit and can only do so much.  But our current board has said and done little about these issues. Instead, they've actually made things worse by shifting money to far less critical areas.  Our citizens deserve better.
  • We haven't seen a single new park in South County in the past 4 years. While much has been written and discussed regarding park funding for the area, all of the current projects are underfunded and incomplete. We need leaders who can follow through and bring these projects to completion. 
  • Dust from the Oceano dunes continues to impact the health of Nipomo Mesa residents. A balanced solution is called for.  But our current board has consistently voted against active measures to alleviate the problem. Our citizens deserve better.

What Jimmy Will Bring To The Board:

Jimmy Paulding, a seasoned planning, funding and infrastructure professional, will be a supervisor who …

  • Approaches issues with a politically unbiased, impartial mindset.
  • Values documented evidence, analyzes the merits of an issue, and only then arrives at judgments.
  • Prioritizes the needs of people who live in South County … not those who ride our beaches once or twice a year, or those in corporate headquarters thousands of miles away.
  • And makes “people first” decisions, not “big business/big money first” decisions.

The Bottom Line:

As our supervisor, Jimmy will be a true advocate for all South County citizens, not just for special groups, those with deep pockets, and those with hardened ideologies.

Videos (1)

— May 21, 2018 Jimmy Paulding for Supervisor Campaign

This video provides a summary of Jimmy's background, experience, and qualifications.

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