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City of Morro BayCandidate for City Council

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Dawn Addis

Public Educator/Teacher
3,062 votes (30.42%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Clean Coast: Our coastal address is our way of life, and an economic asset. It’s my priority to maintain what we love about the coast while sharing it in a way that brings economic benefit. Let's keep our beaches, ocean, bay, and estuary clean.
  • Infrastructure: Like you, I’m concerned about multiple infrastructure needs. Let's sustainably supply healthy water to our city, improve and maintain our streets, and create clean energy options.
  • Economy and Housing: I want to attract jobs and local businesses that will improve our city and the quality of our residents’ lives. I also prioritize evaluating our housing shortage and developing solutions to ensure resident is housed with dignity.



Profession:Public School Educator
Teacher on Special Assignment for English Learner and Intervention Programs, San Luis Coastal Unified School District (2014–current)
Member, Morro Bay Citizen's Finance Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Classroom Teacher - Special Education, General Education, Intervention, San Luis Coastal Unified School District (2001–2014)


Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara, CA Administrative Services Credential Certificate of Eligibility, Public School Administration (2014)
Project Optimal, Wiseburn School District, Hawthorne, CA Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization, Best practice for serving students with autism. (2007)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Master of Arts Special Education Teaching Credentials, Special Education (2006)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Teaching Credentials, K-12 Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Multiple Subject-Middle Level Emphasis Single Subject Art/Spanish, CLAD (2001)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Bachelor of Arts Spanish and Art Education, Magna Cum Laude, Art Education, Spanish Language (2000)

Community Activities

Member, Morro Bay Open Space Alliance (2017–current)
Member, Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce (2018–current)
Member, Morro Bay High School School Site Council (2016–2018)
Volunteer Coach, Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department (2011–2014)


A Love of Morro Bay

Dawn Addis arrived in Morro Bay in 2001 along with her husband Marcus and son Marcel. Soon after, Maceo joined their family. Because of their love of the California coast, and the small town community feel, Dawn and her family made Morro Bay their home.  

When she climbs to the top of Black Hill, runs into friends at the grocery store, or gathers with the community on summer nights, Dawn marvels at how fortunate she is to call Morro Bay home. As your council member, Dawn will make decisions centered on both the unique place and the unique people of Morro Bay.


A Career of Local Leadership

As a leader in public education, Dawn works for the local school district. She applies the district-wide vision to fifteen school sites. This entails gathering input from those affected by decisions. She also creates and manages budgets and participates in master planning, develops programs, and facilitates public meetings. Prior to her current district leadership role, she served as department chair and classroom teacher. During that time, Dawn successfully engaged with the unique differences, struggles, strengths, and celebrations of Morro Bay’s residents. She keeps the wellbeing of children and families at the heart of all of her decision making.


A Commitment to Local Service

Dawn Addis serves as a member of the Morro Bay Citizen’s Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC). On the committee, she brings expertise and insight as a long time Morro Bay resident, a leader, a public educator, and a mother of school-aged children. She participates in making recommendations on the Measure Q budget, and City, budgets, and collects input from residents.  Dawn also collaborates with other members of the CFAC. As a member of the CFAC’s Public Friendly Budget Subcommittee, Dawn consistently initiates ideas about how to make the budget more accessible to the larger Morro Bay community.


A Vision for Local Impact

Dawn is a lead organizer for Women’s March San Luis Obispo (WMSLO), an organization that encourages Central Coast residents to work for a more positive and just future. Dawn has led WMSLO from idea to reality by raising thousands of dollars and hosting numerous Central Coast events across the past two years. As a lead, Dawn plans with safety services such as Police and Fire. She is also in charge of permitting. Dawn works hard to collaborate with city and community agencies to make sure WMSLO events have a low environmental impact. As the media liaison, she is comfortable talking about difficult issues. Dawn will bring all of these skills and experiences to her service on the Morro Bay City Council.

Who supports this candidate?

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Elected Officials (5)

  • Councilperson Headding, Morro Bay
  • Congressman Carbajal, 24th Congressional District
  • Supervisor Bruce Gibson, District 2 San Luis Obispo County
  • Councilperson Makowetski, Morro Bay
  • Councilperson Davis, Morro Bay

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To me politics is about putting people at the center of policy and financial decisions for the good of the whole.

If elected to the Morro Bay City Council I pledge to: Preserve our unique coastal lifestyle, while addressing our challenges, strike a balance between community needs and finances, and promote win-wine solultions. To me this is what

I believe Morro Bay’s diversity is a large reason why it’s a special place. I recognize and affirm our differences across age, race, gender, income, and other differences. I welcome diversity of opinion and know that the people of Morro Bay have a collective desire to live in a welcoming community. It’s one of my top priorities to have every resident to feel heard and valued as an important component of our vibrant city.

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