Sup. Kathy Long might be unopposed for reelection as leading opponent bows out of race

October 08, 1999
Santa Paula News
So far it's a far cry from the 1996 election when the field of contenders for the 3rd District Supervisory seat saw a primary with four candidates. Now, with the announcement from the only known opponent weighing a bid against Supervisor Kathy Long that he won't run, it's beginning to look like Long will return to office unopposed.Camarillo City Councilman Mike Morgan announced last week that he won't run again for the seat that saw him and Long, also a Camarillo resident, duke it out after they ranked at the primary election top.Morgan cited a variety of reasons for deciding not to run against Long in the spring election, including his family and career as well as a past heart problem, among others.In 1996 both Long and Morgan were the victors in a hard fought primary that also included two Santa Clara River Valley candidates, Santa Paulan Al Escoto and Roger Campbell of Fillmore.
Former Santa Paula mayor and councilmember Escoto, like Long, was an aide to Supervisor Maggie Kildee; Campbell was - and remains - a longtime member of the Fillmore City Council. Both were defeated in the primary, leaving Long and Morgan in the race. Long - who outspent Morgan by a wide margin - ultimately emerged the winner by 8 percentage points.The 3rd District encompasses a wide area including Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru, La Conchita, Lockwood Valley and portions of Ojai and Thousand Oaks. Although Camarillo is the vote center it was the support at the polls from the outlying areas - especially those of the Santa Clara River Valley - that decided Long's successful race for the board of supervisors.



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