Name a current member of the San Carlos City Council. Can’t? You’re not alone.
Over the last week, the Laurel Street Spy has taken a random survey of residents. Not a big sample (about 25 people) and certainly nothing scientific. The findings: Only a few could name a City Council member.
“Which of the yard signs belongs to the incumbent?” I asked, referring to the upcoming November election.
“Who’s the mayor?” I asked.
Several people identified Andy Klein, although not by name, referring to him instead as, “the young guy” or the, “guy who took over the mayor who died.”
The Laurel Street Spy then asked ten older (40 and over) residents who’ve expressed an interest in local politics and discovered not even these folks could name a City Council member.
“The citizens of San Carlos are not unusual, many people don’t know who their city council members are,” said Terry Christensen, a professor at San Jose State University who specializes in state and local politics, adding that voters learn more during election season.
This is why yard signs are so important in local races. Before the LSS explores that topic in tomorrow’s post, a review session is in order.
CURRENT City Council Members are:
Andy Klein, Mayor (aka the “young guy”)
Randy Royce (up for re-election; blue and white signs)
Brad Lewis (the animated movie director; interim seat up in Nov.)
Bob Grassilli (has a silver beard)
Matt Grocott (the member who quipped he likes plastic bags b/c they’re handy for scooping dog poop)
RUNNING for City Council:
Randy Royce (one more time, the incumbent)
Mark Olbert (long-time elementary school board trustee)
Ron Collins (local businessman with silver hair and long roots in SC)
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