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Campaign Poster for Ron Collins on Laurel Street

If there was an award for first City Council candidate to put up posters, Ron Collins would be the winner.

So far, he’s the only fellow who’s image can be seen smiling from various storefronts along Laurel Street.

Since this is 2011, the local businessman/president of the SC Chamber Board/member of EDAC has a website and a Facebook page (37 likes as of this writing).

Collins is running against incumbent Randy Royce and School Board trustee Mark Olbert for two vacant seats.

Royce and Olbert also have websites.

City Council Candidate Mark Olbert

Olbert says he’ll probably launch a campaign blog and maybe a Facebook page to link to his site.

The two non-incumbents each enjoy some name recognition in San Carlos: Collins because he’s sat on a number of key civic committees and Olbert because he’s been a School Board trustee since 2001.

Royce, who handily won his seat in 2007 (along with Omar Ahmad), says for him, the biggest difference running this time around is that he now has a proven track record.  He says the current council members took some risks and worked hard to change the city’s business model to put San Carlos back on firmer fiscal ground.  “I think the climate overall is good,” Royce said in an interview today.  “I think people are pleased.”

City Council member Randy Royce, running for re-election

As for the three-way competition, Royce thinks that’s a good thing.  A contested race forces candidates to, “talk to people and find out what they’re thinking,” Royce said.  “We need to put out mailers and knock on doors.”



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