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)

I would appreciate your vote for Mayor, November 3, 2020.

Together, We Can Make This a Reality

Dr. John Headding
  • Mayor Headding has consistently fostered civil and productive dialog. His reelection will ensure our community is able to continue progress on historic challenges such as the WRF, economic recovery, and balancing growth with preserving the character of Morro Bay. Mayor Headding has provided strong leadership to deliver balanced City budget's and ensuring we are providing the best services possible while appropriately planning for the future. I enthusiastically support reelecting John Headding for Mayor of Morro Bay!

    Noah Smukler

  • I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing Dr. John Headding for nearly ten years. I am confident the decisions he makes are solely for the good of the people. I look forward to seeing what our council will do next under his strong leadership and the progression of our city that will follow. Dr. John Headding has my support for re-election for Mayor of Morro Bay.

    Jen Ford

  • John Headding's leadership in Morro Bay, both as Mayor and as a City Councilmember, has been focused on ensuring our future as an independent, vibrant, and sustainable city. John's business background, including owning his own business, will help him create a robust post Covid-19 economic recovery needed for our businesses while his health care experience, as a pharmacist, helped Morro Bay develop programs to keep residents safe from the virus. In challenging times like these, John is a visionary leader with a proven track record and boundless energy to keep moving Morro Bay forward. Let's re-elect Mayor Headding!

    Christine Johnson

  • Dr. John Headding is the Mayor Morro Bay needs. He is action oriented, fiscally responsible, and has vision for our future. John Headding raises the bar for local leadership. I wholeheartedly support John Headding for Mayor in 2020!

    Dawn Addis, Morro Bay Mayor Pro Tem

  • Mayor Headding is the clear choice for Morro Bay's future, he has a real vision to improve the lives of residents and our economy while maintaining the character of the city. During these difficult times we need an experienced leader who has a broad understanding of the many aspects required to make our city thrive again. I'm concerned that if other parties gain city leadership it will be a significant blow to our small businesses, employees and our local economy. Let's make the smart choice and re-elect Mayor Headding, it's the right path forward. Thank you John for your service to the city.

    Robert Elzer

  • "Mayor Headding has been a tremendous help to me in guiding me through city processes regarding planning. I trust his leadership and fully support him as Mayor. Our city needs his continued leadership!"

    Johnie Medina, Service Consultant, BMW of San Luis Obispo

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P. O. Box 2034 • Morro Bay, CA 93443-2034


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