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San Luis Obispo County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
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Tribune Endorsement

By Andrew Carter

Candidate for Councilmember; City of San Luis Obispo

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In his first term on the City Council, Andrew Carter has shown himself to be highly responsive to residents, an excellent communicator and a dedicated problem solver. He's also been a strong voice for fiscal restraint.

To say that he does his homework is putting it mildly; Carter is meticulous in his research. We also like the fact that he shares his findings with the community, not only at council meetings, but also in community presentations and through Viewpoints in The Tribune.

Carter has an MBA from Wharton School of Business and is especially adept at looking out for the taxpayers' interests.

For example, he took strong issue with the amount the Copeland family paid for city-owned parking lots in the Chinatown project area; he believes the city was underpaid. While we did not agree, it's good to know that someone with Carter's business acumen is examining city finances.

It's also worth noting that, while other candidates for city office opposed binding arbitration, Carter alone said that he would help lead a move to repeal it.

"That's a function of leadership," he said. We couldn't agree more.

We're also impressed with Carter's wealth of experience in local government -- he served on the city Planning Commission and on various task forces before his election to council, and he was a regular attendee of council meetings before that.

He's also been a strong advocate for affordable housing and was among the first in the community to highlight the need for lower-cost homes.

In short, we believe Andrew Carter can be counted on to stand up for the community's best interests. We strongly urge voters to re-elect him to the City Council.

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