About Debbie

When I moved here in 1973 to attend Cal Poly, I fell in love with both my husband, Steve, and the farming and ranching values that had been a part of the Arnold family way of life for more than 5 generations. As active members of the local agricultural community, our family believes in good old fashioned community, where neighbors help neighbors and people take the time to look out for each other.
Picture of a family at sunset
While raising two children, I owned and operated a small business in Atascadero for more than 17 years. At my Small Wonders Preschool, I got to know countless local families and watch as many of my former students went off to Cal Poly or have started families and businesses of their own.

I later had the privilege of advocating for these local families as I worked as a Legislative Aide at the County Supervisor's office and as a San Luis Obispo District Representative for the State Senate. During these years, I worked with a broad range of community groups and interests, bringing people together to solve problems. I have always believed that there is nothing more powerful than an informed public, and toward that end I have worked hard to promote better public access to information about proposed policies that will impact local residents.

I am passionate about preserving our rural way of life and sense of close knit community. My priority as a County Supervisor is making the Central Coast a place where families can not only live, but thrive.

It is a privilege to represent you!