Carpinteria Mayor Donna Jordan (pictured) announced that after 16 years in public office she won’t seek re-election this fall. Jordan – a congenial slow-growther, professional tutor, and registered Republican – was part of the council majority that slowed down development plans for the Carpinteria Bluffs long enough for Carpinteria activists to raise the $4 million necessary to buy the land for the community. Jordan explained her hearing loss has gotten bad enough to interfere with her ability to perform effectively. Jordan said she hopes her announcement will give slow-growth activists time enough to find a suitable replacement candidate for this November’s election. Two years ago, the slow-growthers found themselves in such disarray they all but forced Councilmember Michael Leadbetter – who had stepped down – to run. He won. Also on the ballot in November will be Greg Gandrud, the gay libertarian vegetarian, who’s focused his energies on widening Highway 101. Since Jordan was first elected, slow-growthers have controlled a council majority in Carpinteria. With Jordan out, there’s a stronger possibility that the moderate slow-growth camp could lose their grip.

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