Heather Moreno wins SLO County supervisor race, new ballot count shows

Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno won the election for the District 5 county supervisor seat, according to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office’s Friday ballot count report.

Moreno is 2,226 votes ahead of her opponent, Atascadero Mayor Pro Temp Susan Funk, with only about 1,000 ballots left to count.

“I’m excited for the next steps and serving the county next year,” Moreno told The Tribune on Friday. “I want to thank everybody for their trust, their support and everything they’ve put into this campaign.”

As of Friday at 12:06 p.m., Moreno had 9,486 votes, or 56.7%, while Funk had 7,260 votes, or 43.4%, the report said.

Voter turnout reached almost 53% in District 5 with 17,595 ballots counted as of Friday, the report said.

Moreno will be sworn in to the District 5 seat in January, replacing current Supervisor Debbie Arnold, who announced plans to retire.

Moreno said her priorities include addressing housing and homelessness, making county processes more efficient, protecting taxpayers and supporting public safety.

On Friday, Funk congratulated Moreno on her victory.

Moving forward, Funk said she will continue to serve the remainder of her term on the Atascadero City Council, which ends in 2026.

“I continue to value that work,” she said.

Funk will also keep working with the SLO County Homeless Services Oversight Council and will support various City Council and school board candidates in November.

“You can count on me to continue to raise issues and continue to work respectfully with everyone,” Funk said.

Heather Moreno, left, and Susan Funk talk to supporters at their Election Night parties in Atascadero on March 5, 2024, while awaiting returns in the race for District 5 San Luis Obispo County supervisor. David Middlecamp/dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
Heather Moreno, left, and Susan Funk talk to supporters at their Election Night parties in Atascadero on March 5, 2024, while awaiting returns in the race for District 5 San Luis Obispo County supervisor. David Middlecamp/dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

On Friday, the elections office counted 2,430 ballots. Overall, the county has tallied a total of 91,697 ballots, bringing voter participation in the county to 51.9%.

About 1,000 ballots remain to be counted, including provisional ballots and ballots with cured signatures, according to the a news release from the elections office.

If a voter’s signature didn’t match the county’s records, the Clerk-Recorder’s Office contacted them to ask them to cure their signature by Monday at 5 p.m. Those ballots will be counted next week.

The Clerk-Recorder’s Office plans to certify the election results ahead of schedule by Wednesday, Clausen said. State law requires the county to certify the election results by April 4.