press_release_iconMarch 21, 2016


(Editor’s note: This seat now occupied by Lois Capps who is retiring)


The Santa Barbara County Republican Party proudly announces its endorsement of Katcho Achadjian as the superior candidate to represent California’s 24th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Katcho Achadjian received the endorsement by more than a ‘super-majority’ of votes, or more than 2/3 of votes cast. The overwhelming confidence in Katcho is based on his personal character, accomplishments in business, involvement in community service and his impressive record during three terms (2010 to present) as Assembly Member for California’s 33rd & 35th Assembly Districts and as 4th District Supervisor (1998 – 2010) while a member of San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.  

Katcho currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Assembly Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Assembly Committees on Banking and Finance, Governmental Organization, Utilities and Commerce, and Joint Legislative Audit.  This year he will transition to serve on the committees of Veteran Affairs and Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.


“Katcho has more experience in business, public service and community involvement than any other candidate of any party in the race for the 24th Congressional District,” stated GOP Chairman Dale Francisco.

His public service has been recognized with numerous awards including being named Legislator of the Year (2014) by the California Special Districts Association, Public Official of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014 by the Central Coast Commission for Seniors & AARP and receiving the coveted ‘100% Rating’ by the California Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the California Taxpayers Association.

Regional news organizations including the New Times polled readers who awarded Katcho the “Best Elected Official in San Luis Obispo County” in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and the Editor of the San Luis Obispo Tribune named Katcho ‘The Shepherd of Consensus’ in 2002.

Katcho’s commitment to our community includes 31 years as a member of Rotary International, serving as President, Chairman and Director of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, 37 years as a member of the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as President and Chairman, and 27 years of service on the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation.  Katcho has served as the Chairman of the Board of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Co-Chair of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and President of the Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo.  

Among many awards for community involvement, he has received the President’s Award given by the California D.A.R.E. Officers Association, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to Nipomo by the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce.  Many community groups have recognized Katcho’s contributions including the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association who awarded him the San Luis Obispo County Friend of Agriculture Award.

Katcho and his wife Araxie have been married for 32 years and they have two children, Hratch and Nyri.  They operate a successful business employing 30 people in San Luis Obispo County. Katcho is of Armenian heritage.  He immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1971, becoming a U.S. Citizen in 1982.  Katcho financed his education by working while attending classes and he is a proud graduate of Cuesta College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was named Alumnus of the Year by Cuesta College in 2007 and Distinguished Alumnus Community College League of California2008. 

For more information about Katcho Achjadian and his campaign for Congress, please visit Katcho for Congress at or call  (805) 473-1951.

The Santa Barbara County Republican Central Committee comprises well-informed volunteer citizens, who have decades of experience advocating for candidates and initiatives that support responsible government.  Committee members have views as varied as our county’s electorate and are knowledgeable on regional, state and national issues and the platform and experience of each candidate running for election to California’s 24th District Congressional seat. 

The endorsement hearing included presentations by each of the three Republican candidates as well as committee questions and answers from the candidates. Voting was by secret ballot and committee members and a candidate representative observed the vote count. The Committee Chairman, Dale Francisco, abstained from the vote, as he was a candidate for this seat in 2014.

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