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In this year’s Carpinteria City Council election three seats are up for grabs, in the newly created districts one, three and five. This week, we meet the candidates for district five: Gregg A. Carty, Al Clark and Patrick O’Connor. 

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Carty, a longtime Carpinteria City Council member, previously served as Carpinteria’s mayor. Carty has been involved in local government for 30 years and has been a resident of Carpinteria for 60. He was one of four city council members to sign a letter against the controversial Measure T in…

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Clark, a 35-year Carpinteria resident and current Vice Mayor on the Carpinteria City Council, has served on the council since 2006. Sometimes a vocal dissenter from majority council decisions, Clark has largely been the sole councilmember against renting out the public land – Lot #3 – to the…

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O’Connor, a nine-year resident of Carpinteria, works in the aerospace industry. He was recently chosen to serve on the Carpinteria Architectural Review Board at Monday night’s city council meeting; in his application, he writes that if he does win the District 5, he would find a replacement …

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In this year’s Carpinteria City Council election three seats are up for grabs, in the newly created districts one, three and five. This week, we meet the candidates for the districts one and three, respectively: Mónica Solórzano and Roy Lee. 

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District three candidate Lee, a small business owner and the current member of the Carpinteria City Council, has served on the council since 2018. A longtime resident of Carpinteria – and a vocal participant on the council – Lee and his family also own a local eatery.

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District one candidate Solórzano – a longtime Carpinteria resident – is a policy analyst at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Parent Teacher Association president at Aliso Elementary School and a board member on the Latinx Arts Project and the Carpinteria Education Foundation.

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