In last weekâ€™s story on the race between Jerry Lenthall and Patty Andreen for San Luis Obispo Countyâ€™s 3rd District supervisor seat, (â€œDown to the wire,â€? Oct. 28-Nov. 4), New Times quoted Lenthall as saying, â€œIâ€™m proud to have the â€¦ Chamber of Commerce endorse me.â€?
The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce did not endorse Lenthall and had no plans to throughout the election.
â€œWe will not endorse candidates,â€? said Patricia Wilmore, director of governmental affairs for the Chamber. â€œItâ€™s a long-standing policy of the SLO Chamber of Commerce.â€?
Wilmore went on to say that they refrain from endorsing candidates because they want to be able to work with whichever official is elected. For example, if someone gets elected who was not endorsed, it could make for a poor working relationship.