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Clerical error affects Los Osos CSD election

Posted at 5:19 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 20:35:02-05

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office says it’s working to correct a clerical error on the November 6 election for the Los Osos Community Services District directors contest.

The error reportedly listed incumbent Christine Womack’s open seat as a two-year term during the nomination period rather than a four-year term. That led to her running unopposed, and she was not listed on the ballot.

As a result, the Clerk-Recorder’s Office says she was mistakenly appointed to the seat by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors at Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong’s recommendation.

Gong is now recommending that supervisors rescind Womack’s appointment.

They will reportedly consider the recommendation at next Tuesday’s meeting.

It will then be up to the Los Osos CSD Board of Directors to decide what to do with Womack’s seat. Her term is set to expire on Dec. 7, 2018.

The Clerk-Recorder’s Office says her term could be extended until the vacancy is filled. The board of directors can either appoint someone to fill the vacancy for a two-year term or call for a special election.

Gong says he takes full responsibility for the error and is taking steps to prevent such a thing from happening again.

“I recognize the impact and gravity of the mistake and deeply regret it,” he said in a statement released Friday.