October 13, 2016

The San Luis Obispo Tribune Endorses Salud Carbajal for Congress

The Tribune endorses Salud Carbajal for Congress


Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, the Democratic nominee for Congress, is the clear choice to succeed Rep. Lois Capps.

His military service and his background in counseling have made him keenly aware of the challenges facing veterans, especially when it comes to medical care.

On the Board of Supervisors, Carbajal developed a reputation for his ability to work with his conservative colleagues to pass programs such as a climate change action plan, health insurance for uninsured children and increased funding for mental health and homeless services.

That speaks well of his ability to forge bipartisan relationships.

Another plus: Though he’s from Santa Barbara, Carbajal is extremely knowledgeable about issues unique to San Luis Obispo County, such as the proposed closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

He’s committed to helping San Luis Obispo County recover from the economic losses that will occur when Diablo shuts down.

His Republican opponent, Justin Fareed, has offered only vague statements about helping San Luis Obispo County’s post-Diablo economy…

[Fareed] is running a campaign that stresses his youth and fresh ideas, yet we’ve found him to be alarmingly short on substance and is inflating his limited experience.

As we said during the primary campaign, Fareed is capable of running an impressive PR campaign, but we’re not convinced he’s ready for Congress.

We’re even less convinced today.

The Tribune strongly endorses Salud Carbajal for Congress.

Read the full endorsement here.