Local businessman announces run for State Assembly
Carl Knoll announced yesterday his intention to run for the local assembly seat. “I have made the decision to run for California State Assembly,” he wrote to his friends Sunday afternoon.
Knoll is a Paso Robles businessman and paralegal. He owns and operates We Help You Legal with offices in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. Knoll, a Democrat, will be challenging Republican incumbent Katcho Achadjian for the 35th State Assembly district seat. The district is one of 80 in the state and encompasses all of San Luis Obispo County and northern parts of Santa Barbara County including Santa Maria, Lompoc and Guadalupe.
“Our politicians and government can do more for its citizens starting with a strong, renewed and fresh focus and approach on creating sustainable jobs,” says Knoll. “There are many benefits and virtues to getting our unemployed citizens back to work for which I have a plan. As for now, I am hoping that all constituents in the district, regardless of political affiliation, will consider me, get to know me and I hope to earn their votes.”
Knoll, 43, has lived in Paso Robles with his wife Cristina since 2000. They have two children, Chris, 24, and Caitlin, 17, who is graduating from Paso Robles High School this year.
Knoll first got involved in politics at age 27 in Simi Valley where he was chairman of Neighborhood Council #1, which is an advisory group to the Simi Valley City Council. He served as president of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants and is a graduate of Leadership Simi Valley. He attended college at Moorpark College and the University of Southern California.
Knoll says he is heading down to the San Luis Obispo County Recorder’s Office on Tuesday morning to pay a filing fee and begin collecting nomination signatures. He said he needs to gather 40 to 60 signatures and will then have until Friday, March 7 to file the final documents. Knoll is asking friends and supporters to contact him if they are willing to sign his nomination papers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.