Mariam Shah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan, double majoring in Spanish and American Culture. She has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and spent seven years as a corporate litigator in New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio, representing businesses of all sizes. In 2008, she and her husband drove up Highway 1 and immediately decided the Central Coast was a great place to escape midwestern winters and raise a family.
Mariam ran for Grover Beach City Council in 2014. During her time on the council, she served on the executive committees of the Homeless Services Oversight Committee (2 years as chair), the Air Pollution Control District (2 years as chair), and the CA League of Cities. She spent several years on the Grover Heights Elementary PTA executive committee and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Oceano Elementary PTA. She recently completed a term on the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel and serves on the executive board of the Five Cities Homeless Coalition. Mariam also works part-time as a Community Organizer for a local healthcare nonprofit. In her spare time, she is usually at one of her daughter’s games or talking about cars with her son. She enjoys life on the Arroyo Grande Mesa in a multigenerational living situation with her extended family.
District 5 - Don Campbell
Don Campbell was recently named Roblan of the Year by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce for his distinguished service in the North County. He will bring his decades of experience as a real estate broker, educator, farmer, and community volunteer to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission. A Cal Poly graduate, Don Campbell earned his masters degree in agricultural science and eventually a teaching credential, teaching agriculture at San Luis Obispo High School. Later, Campbell and his wife Gail owned and operated Western Properties, which later became a Coldwell Banker franchise, specializing in farm and ranch sales and management. For over thirty years, the Campbells have been active members of the local agricultural community, raising purebred Suffolk show lambs and growing wine grapes. Campbell was a founding member of Heritage Oaks Bank and has been a board member for 30 years, currently serving as vice chairman. He is the only remaining founding member to still serve on the Board. Campbell has been a Paso Robles Trail Ride member for 30 years, a 4-H Club leader for 23 years, a Paso Robles Rotary member for 34 years, and a Junior Livestock Auction volunteer for 47 years. Supervisor Debbie Arnold says “Don is a widely respected fixture of the north county. He represents the best of what our rural community stands for; he is hard working, fair and dependable. Don has spent the past thirty years investing in our community. He is committed to ensuring that the Central Coast remains a place where families can not only live, but prosper.”