Experience • Leadership • Vision

Re-Elect Dr. John Headding for Mayor

Why I am running for mayor:

We must continue to preserve the unique small Harbor town nature of Morro Bay, while concurrently embracing change to improve our economic and financial position. Under my leadership the City has established new policies that have resulted in significant increases in our financial reserves that has allowed us to continue to provide core public safety services despite the devastating loss of revenues due to Covid-19. We have started construction of our new water reclamation facility, which will provide us with a new source of clean, reclaimed water for generations to come. Strong advocacy efforts by myself in Washington D.C. And Sacramento have allowed the City to obtain federal and state loan guarantees for the project at unexpectedly low interest rates resulting in debt savings to the City in excess of over 30 million dollars! We have also reduced our CalPERS pension liability through prepayments of several of our fund debts.

I will continue to advocate for sound fiscal policies, diversification of our economic revenue base, transparency in government, protection of our bay and Harbor, and expansion of our tourism (post Covid-19) and fishing industries.  I promise to continue to work hard to eliminate wasteful spending, further reduce our pension liabilities, support local businesses with business-friendly policy development, and complete our new water treatment facility. Finally, I will continue to support local police and fire services to protect our public safety.

About Dr. John Headding:

My career involves the management of complex organizations.

Occupation: Mayor of Morro Bay

I have been a department director in hospitals, and was CEO/COO of multiple hospitals for almost 20 years. My background includes a Masters Degree in healthcare administration, Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.

I operated a successful family owned-and-operated business in Morro Bay for over ten years.

Thanks to your support, I was elected to the City Council of Morro Bay in 2014.

I currently serve, and have served, on the following countywide positions:


1) Vice chair, San Luis Obispo County area pollution control district board. (SLO APCD)
2) Member, inter-agency task force for wind energy, Bureau of Ocean  Energy Management. (BOEM)
3) Member, California Joint Powers Insurance Agency. (CJPIA)
4) Delegate, California League of Cities.
5) Alternate Board Member, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments. (SLOCOG)
6) Alternate Government Representative, San Luis Obispo  County Economic Vitality Corporation.
7) Member, SLO County Mayor’s Council.
8) Alternate Board Member, Monterey Bay Power Corporation.

Past positions:

1) Board member,  SLO County Integrated Waste Management Authority. (IMWA)
2) Board member, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments. (SLOCOG)
3) Government Representative, San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corporation.

John & Sue Headding

John Headding & Grandchildren (Stewart & Hannah)

Together, We Can Make This a Reality

Dr. John Headding