Race For City Council Enters Home Stretch

Checked in with the three candidates for the two open seats on the San Carlos City Council. Here’s what they had to say:

Randy Royce, Incumbent

Randy Royce says he, his wife and about 30 volunteers – armed with precinct maps – hit the streets and went door-to-door doing the meet-and-greet and leaving postcards. “We probably had a two-thirds penetration,” he said.

Randy Royce, Incumbent/City Council

Royce estimates about three-quarters of the people he and his crew met recognized him or his name, which he says came as a pleasant surprise.  He attributes this to his stint as mayor when the City of San Carlos frequently made the TV news for “taking risks” in its handling of the budget crisis.

Royce says residents tell him they’re pleased to see more police on the streets and that, “things are going well, the budget is fixed.”

Voters express the most interest or concern in: The Transit Village and Wheeler Plaza Redevelopment Projects.

Campaign Developments He’s Especially Happy About: The campaign mailers that went out recently and the number of endorsements he’s racked up, including The Daily Journal and The Daily News.

Mark Olbert, San Carlos School Board Trustee

Mark Olbert, Candidate for City Council

As of Monday, Mark Olbert says he, his wife and a part-time campaign worker reached 78% of registered voters in San Carlos

“We’ve been to just over 5,000 homes,” the retired financial executive said, adding he’s had just shy of 1,400 conversations while his wife has chatted with another 700 people.

Based on talks he’s had with folks around town, one issue in particular looms larger on his radar: traffic safety. “People are very concerned about the way residents are driving on the road…many of them have tried to get the city to do something and have not been impressed with the response,” Olbert said, vowing he’d make dealing with the problem a priority.

Voters express interest in: “A little more out-of-the-box thinking” and a “wider perspective on issues.”

Stuff He’d Do Differently in the Future: Buy a letter folding machine. “It takes forever and you can’t even watch TV while you do it,” Olbert said.

Ron Collins, Business Owner

Ron Collins, City Council Candidate

Ron Collins says when he first started knocking on doors just after Labor Day, he didn’t set out with a particular number in mind. “I’ve just walked every day I could and if I don’t finish a block, then I just go back out another time,” he said, adding, “I have a business to run and things just get in the way.”

Collins says he’s trying to meet as many residents as possible: in groups, at coffees and just the other day – flyers in hand – stood in front of Peet’s and both Starbucks.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce and member of The Economic Development Commission also has a group walking the precincts this weekend.

During the early days of his campaign, Collins says he heard quite a few people express their concern over traffic safety in town.

“Some people are just starting to pay attention to the election and weren’t aware of the (city’s) financial problems,” Collins said, noting that most, however, seem up on the issues.

What Collins hears most often: “Nearly everybody says they love living in San Carlos.”

The best part about campaigning: “I’ve had some great encounters and lots of positive feedback…I’ve run into some old friends. I even ran into a woman I hadn’t seen since the eighth grade.”

The election is next Tuesday, November 8th.



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