Reelect Congresswoman Capps

In this time of political sensationalism, candidates with a consistent history of fighting unwaveringly for their constituents stand in the forefront. As a pediatrician working with the at-risk children of our county, I believe that now more than ever, Congresswoman Lois Capps needs to be re-elected this fall. Throughout the heated debates on health care reform, she has maintained herself as a forthright and graceful leader representing the Central and Southern Coasts of California. She has consistently fought to guarantee that you and not your insurance company control your health insurance. Furthermore, she has also fought for proper Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors on the Central Coast to ensure that seniors always have access to the doctor of their choice. Additionally, Congresswoman Capps helped to secure a provision in the House-passed version of health care reform legislation for fairer reimbursement rates for doctors in San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara. Congresswoman Capps has dedicated her career to making the Central and South Coasts healthier, and has my full support.—Nisha Abdul Cader, M.D., San Luis Obispo


As the President of the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters IAFF Local 3523, I have seen first hand how effectively Congresswoman Lois Capps has represented the 23rd district of California in Congress, and believe whole heartedly that she deserves re-election.

Congresswoman Capps has been very supportive of the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department, assisting the department in getting federal funding for critical safety equipment, firefighter health and safety programs, and to conduct fire prevention and education programs.

Congresswoman Capps has always been there when we’ve needed her, and her efforts have made a difference in the lives of San Luis Obispo City Firefighters. Congresswoman Capps has always placed a high priority on public safety and her record proves just that.

It is our great pleasure to endorse Congresswoman Capps for re-election and urge everyone to vote for her this November.—Erik S. Baskin (president, IAFF Local 3523,

San Luis Obispo City Firefighters)

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