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Heidi Harmon preparing to take on Incumbent San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx this November

KCBX News, Randol White
Downtown San Luis Obispo as seen from the Lemon Grove Loop Trail on Cerro San Luis

Incumbent San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx will likely have more company on this November's ballot as local activist Heidi Harmon is now preparing to be part of the race.

Interim City Clerk Lee Price confirmed Monday that Harmon is a tentative candidate who still needs to qualify by submitting her paperwork.

Harmon told KCBX Monday night that while she agrees on many of the issues with Mayor Marx, she believes the two candidates have a difference in style. Harmon said she had ruled out running for the seat, but was persuaded to put her name on the ballot by people who reached out to her.

Harmon ran as a Democrat in 2014 for California's 35th Assembly Seat against Incumbent Republican Katcho Achadjian. At the time, she said she was concerned about protecting the environment, social justice and sustainability.

Donald Hedrick, who has run for mayor several times over the past ten years, is also listed as a candidate who has not yet qualified for the ballot. He is a regular at City Council meetings and is well known by many in the community for being a self-proclaimed, modern-day Don Quixote.

Mayor Marx is currently serving her third term in office. She had also served several terms on the City Council prior to first running for mayor.