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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:14 PM

Serious Talk or Silly Walk?


Serious Talk - or a Silly Walk?  Andy Caldwell vs Salud Carbajal for Congress


Friday, May 8, 2020 6:37 PM

Community Conversations: Andy Caldwell


Monday, May 4, 2020 12:47 PM

Caldwell: “America faces not just one, but multiple crises”

Andy Caldwell is running for election for the Republican Party to the U.S. House to represent California’s 24th Congressional District. “I am running for Congress because America faces not just one, but multiple crises,” Caldwell said in an interview. In 1991, Caldwell began fighting for more opportunities for workers and businesses as a founder of the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business. Better (COLAB).

Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:59 PM

Nearly 700 at Freedom Rally in Paso Robles

Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:20 PM

Freedom Rally in Santa Maria with Andy Caldwell

Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:25 PM

Caution, not panic during coronavirus crisis.

I walked into Costco to see for myself. Had there really been a run on water and toilet paper as a result of hysteria having to do with the coronavirus? The answer is yes! This, in spite of the fact that there has been no indication that our water supplies could either be contaminated or shut off in the event of a pandemic, and this particular flu affects the lungs and not the digestive tract. The other run on the market that at least made some sense was the hoarding of hand sanitizer.

Whereas, I believe people should be duly concerned about the coronavirus, I also believe some media and some politicians (naming this flu the Trump Virus!) have irresponsibly whipped up the populace.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:03 PM

24th Congressional candidate Andy Caldwell: Neither party is serving the needs of the people

Andy Caldwell believes he can see government from both sides of the aisle. He spent half his life as a registered Democrat before becoming a Republican.

But Caldwell, who’s challenging incumbent Democrat Salud Carbajal for his 24th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives, said he doesn’t believe either party is serving the needs of the people any longer. The district encompasses Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and parts of Ventura County.

Instead of toeing the party line, Caldwell said if he’s elected to the 24th District seat he’ll represent his constituents and vote for logical solutions to issues.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:00 AM

Carbajal backs out of debate.

Congressman Salud Carbajal recently backed out of one debate and has declined multiple requests to participate in public forums with his opponent Andy Caldwell.

Several months ago, KYET scheduled a debate between the two congressional candidates during the first week of February. Last week, Carbajal canceled his acceptance, because he is too busy, Caldwell said.

“All he is doing is campaigning,” Caldwell said. “Carbajal doesn’t see participating in a debate as a duty or obligation to the voters.”

And there may not be another chance for the public to hear the candidates discuss issues. Carbajal has declined requests to participate in debates from both the Santa Maria Times and the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:00 AM

Caldwell urges a call to action to teach children the importance of freedom and demonstrate why socialism is not the answer to our problems.

Andy Caldwell, a candidate for U.S. Congress, spoke last Thursday to the Paso Robles Rotary Club at the Paso Robles Inn’s ballroom.

Caldwell shared that his father was a Batton Death March survivor and taught him the value of hard work.

“The freedom and democratic form of government his father fought for continue to provide the right path forward to prosperity and a better quality of life for all citizens.”

His opponent was offered the opportunity to participate, but chose not to, the report says.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM

Andy Walks Lompoc

Andy Caldwell and more than a dozen supporters hit the streets of Lompoc on Saturday, going door-to-door in an effort to win over voters in his bid for the 24th Congressional District seat.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM

24th Congressional Candidate Andy Caldwell to meet with voters at DeWees Center

Andy Caldwell, who is running to represent California's 24th Congressional District, will hold a voter meet-and-greet event at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

Caldwell, a Republican, is attempting to unseat incumbent Congressman Salud Carbajal, a Democrat.

Friday, January 3, 2020 12:00 AM

A choice: a Watchdog or a Politician...

This coming election, therefore, does not present a choice between a Republican and a Democrat to represent the Central Coast in Congress. Rather, this election will determine whether or not America continues down a path towards socialism, that is, a takeover of our entire economy by the federal government. It is a stark choice indeed.

Friday, December 20, 2019 11:31 PM

News Release: Caldwell condemns partisan impeachment.






Caldwell Condemns Carbajal Impeachment Vote

Andy Caldwell condemned Salud Carbajal for using his partisan impeachment vote to campaign with taxpayer dollars, while continuing to ignore issues affecting the Central Coast.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:00 AM

The need to fight and work for freedom hit close to home

Looking at what Congress is doing to us today, it struck me: The freedom-extinction generation is here today! Socialism is on the march in America. I am running for Congress because America is dangling on this precipice of socialism, and if we fail to stand up and fight to preserve our freedom and liberty, it may be lost forever. We can’t let that happen.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:42 PM

Andy Caldwell announces 2020 bid for Congress

A well-known local government watchdog and pro-business advocate has announced his intention to run for the 24th Congressional District: Andy Caldwell is the executive director of COLAB, The Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business.

Caldwell says he will represent Central Coast moderates, independents and conservatives is challenge democratic incumbent Rep. Salud Carbajal who he believes has shifted to the extreme left.

Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00 AM

Caldwell v. Carbajal: Two County Heavyweights Square Off for Congress

For the past 26 years, Andy Caldwell has held down the right end of the political dial, espousing conservative viewpoints and delivering sharply barbed commentaries on local airwaves and in local newspapers, but mostly in front of the County Board of Supervisors as spokesperson in chief for the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business, or COLAB. Today, Caldwell delivered a missive confirming rumors that he will run for Congress against Democrat Salud Carbajal, the two-term incumbent.

Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00 AM

Local business advocate Andy Caldwell to challenge Carbajal for 24th Congressional District seat

Local business advocate Andy Caldwell has thrown his hat in the ring for the 24th District congressional seat, challenging incumbent Democrat Rep. Salud Carbajal.

In an interview Monday, Caldwell — who is running as a Republican — said he aims to represent the district’s conservatives, moderates and independents.

Caldwell, who also hosts a daily afternoon radio show on AM 1440, said he didn’t have political ambitions but was continually being asked to run by people who felt concerned about the direction the country was headed.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Andy Caldwell to Challenge Salud Carbajal in Congressional Race

High-profile government watchdog and critic plans run for 24th District seat representing the Central Coast

Saturday, August 10, 2019 12:00 AM

Andy Caldwell challenges Salud Carbajal for seat in Congress

Caldwell has served as a government watchdog, taxpayer and business advocate and defender of the Constitution and traditional values since 1991.

Caldwell noted he has never had personal political ambitions, but he is driven to run for office by the need for a strong candidate to challenge Carbajal, whom he accuses of going along with a “socialist takeover of the Democratic Party.”


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