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Running for office has never been an ambition for me. 

But I could not stand on the sidelines while ambitious politicians tear our country apart - or drag us into the nightmare of socialism. 

For the last 30 years, I’ve focused on solving problems by offering a voice of reason in an often-unreasonable world.

I’m not going to complain, I'm not going to protest.  I’m running for Congress to restore hope, fix problems, and get things done. Period.




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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